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Autumn Tale (1998)

Conte d'automne (original title)
A widow's best friend tries to find her a new husband, but the ad posted in the newspaper attracts more than one possibility.


Éric Rohmer


Éric Rohmer
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Complete credited cast:
Marie Rivière ... Isabelle
Béatrice Romand ... Magali
Alain Libolt Alain Libolt ... Gérald
Didier Sandre Didier Sandre ... Étienne
Alexia Portal Alexia Portal ... Rosine
Stéphane Darmon Stéphane Darmon ... Léo
Aurélia Alcaïs Aurélia Alcaïs ... Émilia
Matthieu Davette Matthieu Davette ... Grégoire
Yves Alcaïs Yves Alcaïs ... Jean-Jacques


Magali, 45, is a wine producer in the south of France. She's a widow, and her best friend, Isabelle, decides to find her a new husband. She puts an ad in the local newspaper and finds a nice man, Gérald. At Isabelle's daughter's wedding, Magali eventually meets Gérald. But there's another man around, Etienne... Written by G.A. <pitcairn@wanadoo.fr>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Back around 2012, there was a published list of films not available on DVD but should be. This title was at the top of the list. Amazon tells me in 2020 it's for sale at $100 in a zone 2 format. We live in hope since Rohmer films abound, now streaming on many services. See more »


Gérald: You really fooled me. I was ready for anything but this. You see, in a way, I'm relieved: Something was fishy, but I couldn't figure it out. But I'm disappointed, too. Very much so. I was already more than interested in you. I don't want to shock you, but I wanted to love you, and I'm frustrated.
Isabelle: OK, stop this nonsense.
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Eric Rhomer's gently sexy autumnal romp through the countryside of France
5 May 2002 | by stephenksmithSee all my reviews

"Autumn Tale" is a friendly, rambling french film. Beautiful visuals. And, as always, the french have a realistic, sanguine approach to female and male beauty, where the women of the film are not hollywood-ized, but their natural beauty is enhanced by the french countryside's autumanl splendor. One middle aged woman plays matchmaker for her friend, but does not tell her she's placed an ad in the personals. Someone else plays matchmaker, and then threads of story lines appear and vanish like possible lovers come and gone. Rhomer is not a natural storyteller, but this film is not terribly amibitious or weighty, but a golden, good-natured romp through french womens' psychees and sweet taut clothing. The female leads are compelling and edible, again, because the french love to present beauty through the lens of reality and possibilty. Tasteful lust. Realistic. Wild, dionescian hair on the earthmother, tilted uterus'd owner of the winery. Tres elegante is her friend living a bit vicariously through her man-hunt. Fun film but don't expect a great story here. But, oooo la la, what curves and sex have the women of middle-aged france.

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Release Date:

23 September 1998 (France) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$33,631, 11 July 1999

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