Full Moon in Paris
, the fourth of Eric Rohmer's Comedies and Proverbs
, is also the most ironic and, in many ways, the most judgmental of his films. Louise (Pascale Ogier), a restless designer bored with sleepy suburban life outside of Paris, lives with her lover, Remy (Tcheky Karyo), a stable architect happy with a calm home life and a long-term relationship. The independent Louise decides to move back into her old Paris apartment during the week, losing herself in the bustle of dinner parties and nightclubs and single men, while spending her weekends back with Remy. Louise becomes briefly entangled with another man, a spontaneous musician who is the opposite of Remy, but in a neat twist on the formula, Remy himself drifts to another--at the suggestion of Louise herself.
Willowy Ogier's kittenish sexuality and zest for life are wrapped in a self-absorbed determination that borders on indifference, but for the most part this is another wryly witty look at modern love from the master of the sophisticated romantic comedy. Fabrice Luchini plays Louise's best friend and conniving confidante, Octave, and Laszlo Szabo appears as a café patron who pontificates on the magical effects of the full moon. Ogier, who died shortly after the film's release, designed many of the handsome sets. Rohmer followed this with perhaps his most generous character study, the modestly magical romantic adventure Summer. --Sean Axmaker
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: In Eric Rohmer's A FULL MOON IN PARIS, Louise (Pascale Ogier) is a tiny woman with the weepiest eyes and the most voluminous 1980s hairstyle that has ever hit the French big screen. She is bored of her reliable relationship with her faithful, disciplined boyfriend, Remi (Tcheky Karyo), but she's not sure that she's ready to leave him. She moves her belongings out of their shared apartment in the suburbs and moves into an adorable studio apartment in the heart of Paris. Louise tells Remi that she will spend the weekdays in her little apartment, simply so that she can have some time to herself. In reality, however, she wants to go out and party. Constantly pursued by her horny, married friend, Octave (Fabrice Luchini), Louise prefers to go to parties where she dirty dances with a lanky greaser named Bastien (Christian Vadim). Eventually Louise realises that she simply cannot have her cake and eat it too. That is when Rohmer's classic style kicks in and the film changes over into long existential conversations, harrowing expressions of loneliness, and heartbreaking sincerity. A FULL MOON IN PARIS is one of five films in Eric Rohmer's Comedies and Proverbs series, and is based on the proverb, "He who has two women loses his spirit. He who has two houses loses his mind." SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Ceasar Awards, Venice Film Festival, ...Full Moon in Paris ( Les Nuits de la pleine lune )