CONTE D’ETE / A SUMMER’S TALE

SYNOPSIS
Eric Rohmer may be cinema’s greatest chronicler of the summer
vacation; his richest movies explore the pleasures—and anguish—of
holidays during the hot months. Like his earlier films Pauline at the Beach
(1983) and Le Rayon Vert (1986), A Summer’s Tale (1996), is an exquisite
comedy of romantic manners. The third installment of Rohmer’s “Tales
of the Four Seasons” series, A Summer’s Tale takes place in the Breton
resort town of Dinard, where Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud), a recent math
graduate and amateur musician in his early twenties, plans to enjoy
three weeks of relaxation before starting a new job. While waiting
for Léna (Aurélia Nolin), his on-again, off-again girlfriend, to show
up, Gaspard becomes amorously entangled with two others: Margot
(Amanda Langlet, who played the title role in Pauline at the Beach) and
Solène (Gwenaëlle Simon). When Léna finally does arrive, the handsome
young mathematician finds himself in an impossible situation, all
of his own making: He has promised each woman an excursion to a
nearby island. As Gaspard flirts with, quarrels, and reconciles with his
equally voluble companions, Rohmer demonstrates why he remains the
unparalleled maestro at distilling the contradictions and calculations
of courtship.

“Like a forgotten gift we now get to unwrap with delight, Eric Rohmer’s 1996
“A Summer’s Tale,” never before released in this country, arrives just in time to add
a touch of delight to the contemporary landscape.”

—Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

DIRECTOR
Eric Rohmer

SCREENPLAY
Eric Rohmer

CAST
Amanda Langlet
Aurélia Nolin
Melvil Poupaud
Gwenaëlle Simon

GENRE Romance
LANGUAGE French
RUNNING TIME 113’
PRODUCTION France, 1996
FORMAT(S) Blu-Ray, DCP, DVD

DISTRIBUTOR
Big World Pictures