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Summer (1986)

Le rayon vert (original title)
It's July, and Delphine has nowhere to go for the summer. She feels very bored and "empty", but this won't last; one day she accidently meets someone who seems to be totally made for her...

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Delphine
Amira Chemakhi ... in Paris
Sylvie Richez ... in Paris
... Manuella in Paris (as Lisa Hérédia)
Basile Gervaise ... in Paris
Virginie Gervaise ... in Paris
René Hernandez ... in Paris
Dominique Rivière ... in Paris
Claude Jullien ... in Paris
Alaric Jullien ... in Paris
Laetitia Riviere ... in Paris
Isabelle Rivière ... in Paris
... Beatrice in Paris
... Françoise in Paris
Marcello Pezzutto ... in Paris
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Delphine's traveling companion cancels two weeks before her holiday, so Delphine, a Parisian secretary, is at loose ends. She doesn't want to travel by herself, but has no boyfriend and seems unable to meet new people. A friend takes her to Cherbourg; after a few days there, the weepy and self-pitying Delphine goes back to Paris. She tries the Alps, but returns the same day. Next, it's the beach: once there, she chats with an outgoing Swede, a party girl, and a friendship seems to bud; then, suddenly, Delphine bolts, heading back to Paris. As she waits at the Biarritz train station, a young man catches her eye; perhaps a sunset and the sun's green ray await. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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29 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$732, 26 August 2011, Limited Release

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$37,455, 11 December 2011
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Note how Delphine - who is unwittingly in quest of the green ray - spends most of the film wearing red. See more »

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Delphine: You talk of showing things... I don't know, I don't have anything. Things aren't obvious to me. I'm not normal, like you. When I make an effort I try to listen, to talk to people. I listen, I watch what's going on. If people don't come to me it's because I'm worthless and... if I had something to show, people would see it, that's all.
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The feeling of loneliness shown in its most natural & beautiful way
21 October 1998 | by See all my reviews

Rohmer´s movies show ordinary people in common situations,

discovering the magic, the loneliness, the doubts and passions that hide behind the dull façade of modernity. There are no superstars, there´s no great music, there aren't magnificent dialogues, just real, natural, ordinary images that become extraordinary precisely because of their simplicity. In the "Rayon Vert", the image of a young woman hearing the noise of the wind in a rural landscape that brings her face to face with the dreaded consciousness of her loneliness, is one of the greatest movie scenes I´ve seen in my life.


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