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Pauline at the Beach (1983)

Pauline à la plage (original title)
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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

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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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Storyline

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 »

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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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The third of director Éric Rohmer's six "Comedies et Proverbes" series of movies of the 1980s. The other five, in chronological order, are The Aviator's Wife (1981), A Good Marriage (1982), Full Moon in Paris (1984), Summer (1986) and Boyfriends and Girlfriends (1987). See more »

Quotes

Marion: Do you know what's going on right now at your house?
Henri: Pauline and her friend are dancing.
Marion: Yes, a funny kind of dancing - in bed!
Henri: No way! What did you say to them?
Marion: I was so stunned, I couldn't say a word.
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Relationships for beginners
14 November 2004 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

Pure Rohmer essay on love and relationships. What I find very interesting about Rohmer's film is that you can always think back and apply some aspect of the story to your own life. Difficult break-ups, being in love with someone who doesn't love you or worst, who loves someone you consider an idiot. Just like Pierre is having difficulty explaining that it's not jealousy if he doesn't want Marion to get hurt by getting involved with Henri. Love, when you think of it, is one of the most difficult thing to explain. Actually, can you explain it? Sometimes, the obvious for one is not the obvious for another. And the "naïveté amoureuse" of the other can make someone go crazy.

The dialogs in this movie - and there's quite a few - are intelligent, well thought by the director. Some themes that I noted: in love, you share everything, even the suffering; perfection is oppressing; love is a type of illness. Each sentence of the script can practically be dissected.

A final word: I liked the performance given by Arielle Dombasle. She reminds me of Pascale Ogier in another great Rohmers film, "Les Nuits de la pleine lune", that came out one year later.

80/100 (***)

Seen at home, in Toronto, on November 14th, 2004.


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