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Autumn Tale (1998)
"Conte d'automne" (original title)

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Magali, 45, is a wine producer in the south of France. She's a widow, and her best friend, Isabelle, decides to find her a new husband. She puts an ad in the local newspaper and finds a ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Isabelle
Béatrice Romand ...
Magali
Alain Libolt ...
Gérald
Didier Sandre ...
Étienne
Alexia Portal ...
Rosine
Stéphane Darmon ...
Léo
Aurélia Alcaïs ...
Émilia
Matthieu Davette ...
Grégoire
Yves Alcaïs ...
Jean-Jacques
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Magali, 45, is a wine producer in the south of France. She's a widow, and her best friend, Isabelle, decides to find her a new husband. She puts an ad in the local newspaper and finds a nice man, Gérald. At Isabelle's daughter's wedding, Magali eventually meets Gérald. But there's another man around, Etienne... Written by G.A. <pitcairn@wanadoo.fr>

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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23 September 1998 (France)  »

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Autumn Tale  »

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$33,631 (USA) (9 July 1999)

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$2,082,061 (USA) (26 November 1999)
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Low-key and light weight, but immensely enjoyable

Lars Von Trier and his Dogma95 crowd could learn a few things from the work of Eric Rohmer. This film also boasts a largely improvised script, is shot using available natural light, and has no post-dubbed score. I would imagine it cost a good deal less to make than Thomas Vinterberg's 'Festen', with its huge cast and 64 hours of rough footage to be edited down. But Rohmer's emphasis is on naturalism rather than a forced faux-naif, and the cinematography, though simplistic, makes good use of the natural beauty of the Ardeche landscape and its clear blue skies. There is also a story here, some beautiful performances, a slight whimsical humour rather than an ironic smirk, and warm, well-rounded characterisation. It is a sedately paced film, with no major themes, revelations or insights, but a bold and realistic portrayal of a host of characters who are seldom depicted on the cinema screen; the middle-aged rural bourgeoisie. Those whose cinematic demands consist of an endless barrage of sensual stimulation will be disappointed, but for a soporific Sunday afternoon viewing, it is very hard to resist its charms. Rohmer has been making films like these for decades (Pauline a la Plage, La Raie Verte), so the film is less conceived as a fist in the face to contemporary cinema than as another quietly confident offering from an established auteur of a truly alternative cinema with nothing more to prove.


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