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Pauline at the Beach (1983)

Pauline à la plage (original title)
Marion is about to divorce from her husband and takes her 15-year-old niece Pauline on a vacation to Granville. She meets an old love...

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Éric Rohmer

Writer:

Éric Rohmer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Amanda Langlet ... Pauline
Arielle Dombasle ... Marion
Pascal Greggory Pascal Greggory ... Pierre
Féodor Atkine ... Henri
Simon de La Brosse ... Sylvain
Rosette ... Louisette
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Fifteen year old Pauline and her older cousin, model-shaped Marion, go to the emptying Atlantic coast for an autumn holiday. Marion ignores the approaches of a surfer and falls for Henri, a hedonist who is only interested in a sexual adventure and drops her soon. Pauline's little romance with a young man (Sylvain) is also spoiled by Henri. Written by Otto Oberhauser <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 March 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Granville, Manche, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Pierre: I want to wait for her to come to me on her own.
Pauline: Fine. Wait, then.
Pierre: I will wait. As long as necessary. Until - until she loves me. If she takes too long, then I won't love her anymore. It's very likely I'll stop loving her eventually. Maybe she'll love me, but it'll be too late. That will be my revenge.
Pauline: You don't really love her. You want her to love *you*. That's not the same thing.
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Pauline at the beach-A quiet classic of French cinema nicely directed by Eric Rohmer.
2 October 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

What is love ? It is hard to answer this question as there is no single concrete answer to this puzzle as it continues to baffle most of us at various points of our lives. If one were to attempt a minor explanation in form of an answer then it can be said that love is something which can be felt only on a personal basis but needs to be described in detail to another person in order to give a clear picture of its qualities. It can easily be surmised that all these thoughts must have made waves in French director Eric Rohmer's (born-1920) mind when at the ripe age of 63, he set out to direct "Pauline A La Plage"-a tender yet bittersweet look at love. Hence, it would not be incorrect if someone were to qualify this film as a film about love, made for young people, by an old man. Despite the mention of a beach (Plage) in its film title, much of the film's action takes place in a house next to the beach. This is the place where six people-three men and three women learn a lot about love through an incident of infidelity. The success of Rohmer's film relies a lot on its narrative structure which has ample scope for lengthy conversations. It is nicely served by Rohmer's regular actors such as Arielle Dombasle, Pascal Greggory etc. Lastly, a film for those who believe that love is a serious matter and that nobody should be allowed to influence other persons who may or may not be in love.


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