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A Summer's Tale (1996)

Conte d'été (original title)
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A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him, but soon strikes up a friendship with another girl working in ... See full summary »

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Éric Rohmer

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Éric Rohmer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Melvil Poupaud ... Gaspard
Amanda Langlet ... Margot
Gwenaëlle Simon Gwenaëlle Simon ... Solene
Aurelia Nolin Aurelia Nolin ... Lena
Aimé Lefèvre Aimé Lefèvre ... The Newfoundlander
Alain Guellaff Alain Guellaff ... Uncle Alain
Evelyne Lahana Evelyne Lahana ... Aunt Maiwen
Yves Guérin Yves Guérin ... Accordionist
Franck Cabot Franck Cabot ... Cousin
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A shy maths graduate takes a holiday in Dinard before starting his first job. He hopes his sort-of girlfriend will join him, but soon strikes up a friendship with another girl working in town. She in turn introduces him to a further young lady who fancies him. Thus the quiet young lad finds he is having to do some tricky juggling in territory new to him. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Summer's Tale See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,000, 27 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$196,927, 17 October 2014
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Margot: Friendship's a gag, but trifles are serious!
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Deceptivly simple tale oabout relationships.
3 November 2009 | by thebigheatSee all my reviews

A Summer's Tale – Pretty solid movie by Eric Rohmer. It is heavy on the dialogue and the dialogue is not too bad. In this movie Rohmer studies a couple of weeks in a life of a young man traveling on vacation before starting his new job. Like a lot of Rohmer's movies, it examines relationships which the characters develop, their perceptions of one another and how that perception changes over time. Rohmer examines people's motivations and tries to figure out what is it that really motivates people, what is it that they really want? The characters sometimes deceive, sometimes contradict themselves, sometimes without even realizing it. The way Rohmer gives insights through dialogue is pretty interesting, it often leaves the viewer to determine for themselves why a character said this or that and what it reveals about them. This is not an easy task and Rohmer doesn't give the viewers too many clues. Since Rohmer's characters are not very two dimensional, it is interesting to see how Rohmer skews the viewer's perception about them, the more they are revealed. For some reason the movie kind of looks like it was shot by a video camera or something, but that did not stand out for very long. The movie looks very carefully crafted and Rohmer is very particular about what he wants the viewer to see, often depicting relatively minor events or ending some scenes abruptly. A- Strong Recommend


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