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A Tale of Springtime (1990)

Conte de printemps (original title)
Simple conversations engender complicated human interactions. Jeanne is open and even-tempered, a philosophy teacher at a lycée. Her fiancé is away and she doesn't want to stay at his messy... See full summary »

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Éric Rohmer

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Éric Rohmer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anne Teyssèdre Anne Teyssèdre ... Jeanne
Hugues Quester ... Igor
Florence Darel Florence Darel ... Natacha
Eloïse Bennett Eloïse Bennett ... Ève
Sophie Robin Sophie Robin ... Gaëlle
Marc Lelou Marc Lelou ... Gildas
François Lamore François Lamore ... William
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Simple conversations engender complicated human interactions. Jeanne is open and even-tempered, a philosophy teacher at a lycée. Her fiancé is away and she doesn't want to stay at his messy flat; she's loaned hers to a cousin, so she accepts the invitation of Natasha, a music student whom she meets at a party, to sleep in her father Igor's bedroom because he's always with his young girlfriend, Eve. Natasha tells Jeanne a story of a missing necklace and her suspicions of Eve. They all meet at dinner, then again at Igor's country house. Is Natasha scheming to get Igor and Jeanne together alone? Once alone, what determines how they choose to act? And the necklace, what of it? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 April 1990 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Tale of Springtime See more »

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Gross USA:

$201,332
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First installment of the "Tales of Four Seasons" series. See more »

Quotes

Igor: You're not interested in the present situation?
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Followed by Autumn Tale (1998) See more »

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Montmorency Blues
Written by Jean-Louis Valéro
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Kind of like watching grass grow...
5 October 2002 | by George ParkerSee all my reviews

...only having to read it. This installment of Eric Rohmer's tribute to the seasons is good but boring (assuming you don't consider those two qualities mutually exclusive). "A Tale of Spring" is all a tedious, uneventful, all-dialogue flick about some very mundane, pedestrian goings-on in the lives of an 18 year old French girl, her father, her father's girl friend, and an adult female teacher. It's a long road to nowhere with a lot of subtitle reading for non-French speakers (I watched a cablecast version) and a movie only Roger Ebert (who charitably gave it 3.5 stars) and others with their heads into cinema could love. Not recommended for the general film-going public. (C)


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