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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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Éric Rohmer

Writers:

Marie Rivière (collaboration), Éric Rohmer (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marie Rivière ... Delphine
Amira Chemakhi Amira Chemakhi ... in Paris
Sylvie Richez Sylvie Richez ... in Paris
María Luisa García ... Manuella in Paris (as Lisa Hérédia)
Basile Gervaise Basile Gervaise ... in Paris
Virginie Gervaise Virginie Gervaise ... in Paris
René Hernandez René Hernandez ... in Paris
Dominique Rivière Dominique Rivière ... in Paris
Claude Jullien Claude Jullien ... in Paris
Alaric Jullien Alaric Jullien ... in Paris
Laetitia Riviere Laetitia Riviere ... in Paris
Isabelle Rivière Isabelle Rivière ... in Paris
Béatrice Romand ... Beatrice in Paris
Rosette ... Françoise in Paris
Marcello Pezzutto Marcello Pezzutto ... in Paris
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

France

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Release Date:

29 August 1986 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$732, 26 August 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,455, 11 December 2011
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

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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feel inevasible loneliness
28 April 2001 | by a-foolSee all my reviews

Watching the film,we keenly feel the same inevasible loneliness as the heroine Delphine.While trivial conversations keep going and going(seems non-stop for ever),the loneliness become more and more intolerable.No one can,or is ready to,understand others(even being friends).Then Delphine's every attempt to communicate has to get dissolved in pretence and indifference from others.It's the common situation shared by everyone who still hold his/her dreams like Delphine.

Rohmer has considerable mercy to show the final appearing of "Le Rayon Vert".£¬It offers us some redeeming hope so that we can collect our confidence and faith in life to looke for "Rayon Vert" of ourselves.Maybe we will be still waiting in the final twilight of life,but our dreams will remain beautiful and vivid the same,right?

In the film,Rohmer shows more sympathy and affection on his characters than usual,much considerately as we see.Of course I just watched a few from him.This time I see none of the distinct irony(sometimes acrid) in formers.

btw,the actress Marie Riviere portrays "blue" Delphine perfectly.And I surprisedly find her also in "Writers",along with Rohmer. Expect more from them.


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