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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.

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Éric Rohmer

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Éric Rohmer

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Cast

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
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 September 1998 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Autumn Tale See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$33,631, 11 July 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,082,061, 28 November 1999
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Dolby

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Color

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1.66 : 1
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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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A humanist critique of blind faith
17 April 2009 | by timmy_501See all my reviews

For this, the last of his Tales of the Four Seasons, Eric Rohmer chose the somewhat pastoral setting of a vineyard in French wine country. It's the story of a middle aged winemaker who wants to find a man but isn't willing to look for one; essentially she hopes to encounter the perfect man by chance but she severely limits the likelihood of a meeting because she rarely ventures away from her work/home. Her two friends (who always visit her, never vice versa) each try to set her up with a man. Her older friend attempts to deceive her into thinking the man she has picked is a chance encounter while her younger friend, who happens also be dating her son, makes her intentions clear.

Essentially what Rohmer is saying with this film is that passively expecting things to happen without working for them in any way is foolish. Faith is a key theme in Rohmer's work and this might be taken as a sort of critique of blind faith. When the winemaker is thrust into these romantic entanglements she reacts like a petulant child instead of a mature adult. The logical plans of her wordly friends are a sharp contrast to her own naivety. Still, this isn't some cold rejection of her character; in spite of her flaws the winemaker still has some admirable traits and things work out well for her. This is the difference between Rohmer and certain other directors who attempt to analyze human nature: he never lets his ideas overcome the realistic boundaries of human behavior and thus avoids the all too common pitfalls of misanthropy and didacticism.

Like almost every Rohmer film I've seen, An Autumn's Tale expresses some truths about human nature with a captivating realism. However, this film didn't really speak to me the way some of his films do because I ultimately don't have much in common with the winemaker. It's still well worth watching, especially for people who have more in common with the central character.


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