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"Eric Rohmer's 1986 drama may be the finest example of his supple and prickly artistry." - Richard Brody, New Yorker
Winner of the Golden Lion at the 1986 Venice Film Festival, this is one of Eric Rohmer s best-loved films: audiences worldwide found it only too easy to identify with this psychologically and emotionally intricate character study. Unexpectedly and unhappily single, Delphine (Marie Rivière) has to change her holiday plans at the last minute, but isn t especially enticed by any of the alternatives on offer. Having little time for the empty small talk and trivial games demanded by a social circle from which she feels increasingly alienated, she travels from her native Paris to Cherbourg to the Alps to Biarritz in quest of curing her loneliness, without knowing precisely what she s looking for. Rohmer and Jules Verne might seem unlikely bedfellows, but it s Delphine s chance encounter with the latter s novel The Green Ray that ultimately gives her hope as well as one of the most unforgettable endings in Rohmer s entire output.