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Autumn Tale (1998)

Conte d'automne (original title)
A widow's best friend tries to find her a new husband, but the ad posted in the newspaper attracts more than one possibility.


Éric Rohmer


Éric Rohmer
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Complete credited cast:
Marie Rivière ... Isabelle
Béatrice Romand ... Magali
Alain Libolt Alain Libolt ... Gérald
Didier Sandre Didier Sandre ... Étienne
Alexia Portal Alexia Portal ... Rosine
Stéphane Darmon Stéphane Darmon ... Léo
Aurélia Alcaïs Aurélia Alcaïs ... Émilia
Matthieu Davette Matthieu Davette ... Grégoire
Yves Alcaïs Yves Alcaïs ... Jean-Jacques


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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Back around 2012, there was a published list of films not available on DVD but should be. This title was at the top of the list. Amazon tells me in 2020 it's for sale at $100 in a zone 2 format. We live in hope since Rohmer films abound, now streaming on many services. See more »


Gérald: You really fooled me. I was ready for anything but this. You see, in a way, I'm relieved: Something was fishy, but I couldn't figure it out. But I'm disappointed, too. Very much so. I was already more than interested in you. I don't want to shock you, but I wanted to love you, and I'm frustrated.
Isabelle: OK, stop this nonsense.
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My Enjoyable Introduction to Rohmer
26 May 2001 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

"Autumn Tale" is one of those movies where the viewer is asked to eavesdrop on normal people doing normal things. Europeans, notably the French, seem to do it best. It's a tricky approach to movie making; the margins for success are so narrow. Luckily, Mr. Rohmer, the director, is spot-on in this movie. The plot is a trifle; Isabelle and Magali are middle-aged women and livelong friends. Both are content with their families and careers. But Isabelle thinks that the widowed Magali needs a man, as does Magali's son's girlfriend. Independently, and unknowing to Magali and to each other, they conspire to set her up with a romantic interest. That's it. Mr. Rohmer, his screenwriter, and the top-notch actors brew up an enjoyable movie that's a treat to watch. I recommend it highly.

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23 September 1998 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$33,631, 11 July 1999

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