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Le Beau Mariage [1982] [DVD]

Béatrice Romand , André Dussollier , Eric Rohmer    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Béatrice Romand, André Dussollier, Féodor Atkine, Arielle Dombasle, Huguette Faget
  • Directors: Eric Rohmer
  • Writers: Eric Rohmer
  • Producers: Margaret Ménégoz
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: PG
  • Studio: Arrow
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Feb 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DI4ZE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,560 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The second of Eric Rohmer's 'Comedies et Proverbes'. A middle-class French girl (Beatrice Romand) tires of her free, and easy single lifestyle and decides she wants to get married. At a wedding reception she meets a suitable man and engineers a romance for the most part in her own head. From the director of 'Pauline At The Beach' and 'La Marquise'.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: A GOOD MARRIAGE, the second of six films in director Eric Rohmer's Comedies and Proverbs series, paints a cute but embarrassing portrait of Sabine (Beatrice Romand), a headstrong young woman longing for love, maturity, respect, commitment, and "the real thing." She packages up her woes, boldly walks out on her married lover, impulsively quits her job in an antique shop, and proudly announces that she has found the solution to all of her problems: She is getting married. This news comes as a big surprise to her older, happily married best friend Clarisse (Arielle Dambasle), who quickly recovers from her shock and warms to the task of finding a husband for Sabine. When Clarisse introduces Sabine to her painfully dull cousin, Edmond (Andre Dussollier), Sabine is easily convinced that he will fit the bill as her speedily chosen spouse, but Edmond is not as gullible as Sabine would care to think. Despite her aggressive pursuit of Edmond, he manages to slip out of her grasp, leaving her looking like a pouting adolescent--which she basically is. The strength of Rohmer's film resides in his delicate feel for the wonderfully loyal, understanding bond between Clarisse and Sabine and for the way that even Sabine's most ludicrous ideas are acknowledged and accepted by her friends and family. A GOOD MARRIAGE, which reads like a coming-of-age tale, fits perfectly with the thematically similar films in the series, all of which spotlight struggling, passionate characters like Sabine. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Ceasar Awards, ...A Good Marriage ( Le Beau mariage ) ( Comédies et proverbes: Le beau mariage )

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4.0 out of 5 stars Wise 9 July 2005
By Colin C
This film by Eric Rohmer from the early 1980s is well worth exploring. It's his usual subtle and (seemingly) gentle examination of emotional lives, in which we gradually see the characters' weaknesses and delusions even though they themselves cannot.
'Le Beau Mariage' was mostly filmed in the cobbled old town of Le Mans and as ever the people and locations feel completely real and authentic, and hardly cinematic or artificial at all. The most unique part of the experience of watching a Rohmer film is this almost documentary feel, achieved through a simple, unpretentious filming style and an emphasis on 'ordinary' places and characters. Either this will bore you (in which case you clearly aren't interested in people!) or, as for me and many others, it'll be endlessly fascinating.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult 16 Feb 2013
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I like most Rohmer films, but I found this one difficult to enjoy. The central character is Sabine, who we are to believe is 25 and a few weeks from her deadline to hand in her MA thesis, and she also has a day job. Yet she has lots of time to swan around and chase after a man who no longer shows her any interest and is clearly avoiding her. We never see her fretting over her thesis. Anyway, apart from all that she is like a 14 year-old, a rather silly one at that.

If you are considering a Rohmer film for the first time, I can recommend My Night At Maud's, or The Green Ray, or A Summer's Tale to start with, each of which I've watched a few times.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The rational pursuit of love 9 Oct 2013
By technoguy VINE VOICE
The 2nd in a series of films called Comedies and Proverbs about our tendency to build castles in the air.Sabine(Beatrice Romand) has had it with affairs with married men she has resolved,much to the surprise of mother,ex-lovers and her married artist friend Clarisse(Arielle Dombastle),who is amused at first yet becomes hermatchmaker, to choose a husband.She is an art history student who lives at Le Mans with her mother and sister,and travels to Paris to study her masters degree,she also works in an antique shop.She is a combination of impulse and reasonableness,being conventionally pretty.The centre of the movie is the contrast between Sabine and Clarisse, whereby Sabine's folly is exposed. For Sabine, Clarisse represents the acme of womanhood, happily married to a wealthy man and able to indulge her artistic interests, freed from the burden of having to earn her own wage to supplement the household income. Of course, Clarisse's apparent freedom is illusory and she sees her marriage for what it truly is, an unnecessary stricture imposed on her by society, or rather the bourgeois stratum of society to which she so evidently belongs. Sabine does not see the limitations of Clarisse's existence, she sees only the perceived benefits of being a kept woman. Her ideas of marriage are as muddled and absurdly childish as her views on feminism, so the learning curve she subjects herself to as she goes after her idea of connubial bliss will inevitably be a steep and painful one.

She is introduced to Clarisse's cousin Edmond(Andre Dussolier),a lawyer,who she meets at an engagement party,who thinking nothing of the meeting doesn't return her calls.She arranges to sell him a vase for his mother through a customer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pursuing Mr Wrong 8 Jun 2012
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Part of Eric Rohmer`s Comedies et Proverbes series of films, this is perhaps slighter than most, with a central character, the impetuous Sabine, who is hard to like very much, and who finds herself in pursuit of a man she`s met briefly on the rebound from a tired affair with a philandering married man.
We see the milieu in which she goes from her unsatisfying job in an antique shop in the old quarter of Le Mans, via a poky pied a terre in Paris, and her mother`s house where her younger sister also lives. We also meet her easy-going friend Clarisse, a well-to-do artist with her own shop and happy marriage. So Sabine wants a happy marriage of her own. The man she sets her sights on, a high-flying lawyer named Edmond, is (to the viewer) obviously not interested, but still she blindly ploughs on through thick and, mostly, thin. The final showdown in his office, which does not go quite as either we or the mismatched pair might have guessed, is not exactly an anti-climax, as there hasn`t been much of a crescendo in the first place, but is of a piece with this enjoyable, oddly contrary film.
Any film by Rohmer is, in my book, worth watching. He`s one of my two or three favourite directors. Here he uses three actors who would reappear, to greater effect, in his next film, the wonderful Pauline a la Plage. The radiant Arielle Dombasle (now a famous name in France, as actress and singer) plays the patient friend Clarisse with her usual naturalness and warmth, while Pascal Greggory has a cameo as a party-goer, and Feodor Atkine plays, as he was to do in Pauline, the philanderer.
The film belongs to Rohmer regular Beatrice Romand, who has the unenviable task of making the high-maintenance Sabine both credible and at all likeable.
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