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A Tale Of Springtime [1989] [DVD]

Anne Teyssedre , Hugues Quester , Eric Rohmer    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Anne Teyssedre, Hugues Quester, Florence Darel
  • Directors: Eric Rohmer
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X798E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,477 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


This enchanting comedy of manners follows the newly-formed friendship between Jeanne, a philosophy teacher, and Natasha, a music student, who meet by chance at a Paris party. Through force of circumstance, the young women spend the next few days dividing their time between Natasha's father's city apartment and the family's second home in Fontainbleau. Inspired by the newly blossoming season, the girls fancies turn to thoughts of love, but their friendship is threatened when Jeanne suspects Natasha of some mischievous matchmaking. The first in Eric Rohmer's acclaimed series 'Tales of the Four Seasons'.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully entertaining French flick! 6 Nov 2005
Let me start by saying that if you don't like French films where there is no action and it's mostly just dialogue amongst the leads in a few different indoor/outdoor settings, then don't look here. However, if you find Eric Rohmer films, and French films that are very "talky" engaging, then this is one of the better ones.
The leads in this films all give wonderful performances and while I don't like every Rohmer film, I liked this one a lot. Even though it is all talking throughout, the conversations and script kept me intrigued and I found the movie flew buy in a good way (normally talky pictures seem to drag on and on).
The plot is basically a beautiful 18-year-old French girl meets a late 20's/early 30's girl at a party where they are both bored and become friends. The 18-year-old despises her late 30's/early 40's father's girlfriend and believes that if she puts her new friend togther with her dad, he will fall for her and forget his fiancee. That's basically it, but the characters keep you focused and quite interested in their simple interactions.
The settings are plain, but rather nice-looking French decor. Even though it's a late 80's film, I didn't see much in it to make you think you were in that time frame. A film that looks very fresh today.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Involving dissection of modern relationships 29 Mar 2006
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Organised Philosophy teacher Jeanne's partner is away on a business trip and she is confronting the tension caused by his rampant untidiness when she meets Natasha at a party.
Jeanne agrees to stay with Nastasha and is soon embroiled in her troubled family, Natasha resenting her mother leaving her father, mutual antagonism with her father's current girl friend.
This is a film that basically does not have a plot, but is a slice in time during a two week period in the lives of the characters as they analyse and attempt to deal with their problems. We see things from Jeanne's viewpoint as we eavesdrop on their conversations and interactions.
The dialogue is completely natural and there are no dramatic events, and the result is surprisingly involving. This is the first of four films based on the seasons, but they all appear to be independent stories with no common characters so we do not see what happens to Jeanne and Natasha after the film ends.
A fine film for viewers that like to see feelings and problems carefully dissected.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I don't regret watching this film... 14 Jun 2006
"A tale of Springtime" is part of Eric Rohmer's "Tales of the four seasons". It is an interesting film, but it is far from being excellent, at least in my opinion.

The plot is not complicated. A philosophy teacher, Jeanne (Anne Teyssèdre), finds herself temporarily without a place to live, due to the fact that she has lent her apartment to a cousin, and also because she has no intention whatsoever of living in her boyfriend's house while he is on holidays. Fortunately, Jeanne meets Natacha (Florence Darel), a young woman that invites Jeanne to her home, arguing that it is a perfect solution for both, because she doesn't like to be alone. Truth to be told, Natacha shares her house with her father Igor (Hugues Quester), but he is almost never there, preferring to be with his young girlfriend, Eve (Eloïse Bennett).

Not much happens during this film, apart from the fact that Natacha constantly tries to hook up Jeanne with her father. All the same, I think you will enjoy the long conversations between the characters, and the beautiful countryside scenery. Is that enough to recommend "A tale of springtime"? I sincerely don't know, but I can say that I don't regret watching this film.

Belen Alcat

PS: By the way, my favorite film in "The tales of the four seasons" series is "A tale of winter".
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