Eric Rohmer's Rendez-Vous in Paris was slated for release by Artifical Eye several years ago, but never showed up. Now, with Rohmer's recent passing, they have finally allowed the title a much deserved release. And while this is a bare bones package -- you get the film and nothing else, not even a trailer! -- it's also a must have for fans of the great auteur.
Made in the middle of The Tales Of The Four Seasons, Rendez-Vous in Paris finds Rohmer at his typically brilliant best as he charts three stories of love and chance in the iconic city. As fans of Rohmer will expect, these tales are driven by dialogue, a painter's eye for composition and a love for human beings and the spaces they inhabit that is cinematically without rival.
But this also finds Rohmer having a great deal of fun behind the camera. This is the work of a professional, seasoned filmmaker getting back to basics and throwing himself into it with relish and abandon. Made quickly and on a low budget, the film often delivers a documentary sense of the vibrancy of Paris and Parisian life. It's also notable for the wheelchair tracking shots that mark the first episode and recall the ad-hoc, nouvelle-vague style of Rohmer's feature debut Le Signe du Lion.
For those who do not care for Rohmer's work, this will do nothing to sway opinion. But for those who do, this is an essential purchase.