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The Green Ray [1986] [DVD]

Marie Rivière , Vincent Gauthier , Eric Rohmer    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Marie Rivière, Vincent Gauthier, Amira Chemakhi, Sylvie Richez, María Luisa García
  • Directors: Eric Rohmer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DINKY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,589 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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.

Special Features:

  • Radio Interview with Eric Rohmer
  • Trailer

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of the very best of Rohmer's films and repays repeated viewings. The whole construction of the story is quite superb and the acting (clearly built up by the cast in detailed rehearsals)is just incredibly compelling. Yes, it was shot on 16mm and there are a few imperfections in the film stock. I have seen the film during its screening at the NFT last year and I can confirm that the DVD transfer is very faithful indeed. If you are a lover of Rohmer's films don't be put off by technical criticisms. Buy and enjoy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Rohmer 3 Sep 2007
Some people are alone not because there's something wrong with them but because they set their ideals high and refuse to compromise simply for the sake of fitting in or not being alone. Delphine is one such person who says it's easier to deal with loneliness than an unhappy relationship. At times it appears she's being difficult and disagreeable when in reality it's her well meaning friends who fail to understand her predicament. She knows what she wants but not how to get it. "The Green Ray" was the fifth part of Eric Rohmer's 'comedies and proverbs' series and it must be said that I found the ending to have a beautiful transcendental quality that is rarely seen in contemporary cinema. The film visually might not be all that remarkable but rather it's more like a good book. It's idea will stay with you for a long time.


Marie Riviere (The Aviator's Wife,1981; A Winter's Tale,1992)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I don't know what came over me."(Delphine) 2 July 2010
By technoguy VINE VOICE
Rohmer in Green Ray seems to come at life from books,literature.We hear of Jules Vernes's source novel for the beautiful image that illuminates the heroine's idealistic ideas of love and relationships.She reads Dostoevsky's The Idiot at a railway station and meets a man who knows it.Delphine(Marie Riviere) can't decide where to spend her holiday,she is chronically indecisive.Her friend has dropped out on going on holiday with her,she has broken with her boyfriend,she is at her wit's end what to do,where to go.She is young and feels unable to go along with her friends'suggestions to meet somebody while alone, to get out and away more,although she tries trips to the country,trips to the mountains, time in Paris,time at the sea-side.She is superstitious,aware of star signs,aware of the meaning of chance cards or colours,in meeting her dream man.She sets herself high standards, this comes out in the eating scene,where her fastidiousness as to diet is a reflection of a yearning she cannot fulfil,leading to her tearful,labile moods.She can appear a pain in the neck,but she also shows the dark side of youth,being alone,not fitting in,being restless and frustrated with her life.The front quote from Rimbaud is apt:
"Oh that the time might come,when hearts may succumb."

She is neurotic,depressed,dislikes the commodification of one night stands,yet has no guide to give her directions.The film is distinguished by naturalistic shooting and a loose,improvisational style,set in diary form,day-by-day in which nothing much happens,but Rohmer gives us an insight through Delphine's gestures and expressions into her inner feelings,with delicacy, charm and tenderness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars exquisite 29 Dec 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 100 REVIEWER
The Green Ray is quintessential Rohmer, as sure to infuriate those who don't like his style as it is to delight his fans. It is one of his lightest films, with many dialogues being improvised which gives it a particular quality, but of course there is a sense of direction to all the meandering discourses, and it is untangling these threads that makes it so pleasurable to watch. The poise is there as always, suggesting a firm structure around the improvisation. Marie Riviere plays Delphine as the ultimate Rohmer heroine, full of self-doubts and difficulties in facing the world as she tries to arrange a holiday on her own steam at the last minute, having been let down by a friend. Rohmer isn't afraid to let her try the viewer's patience with her frequent tearful moments, but you never lose your hopes for her in spite of her slightly moony reactions. Much of the film shows the awkwardness and pain of feeling out of kilter with those around you, and being powerless to bridge the gap. It's a major theme in real life, I think, but one that is seldom focused on in films, no doubt because it seems too undramatic. Music is discreetly used, mainly when Delphine chances upon a number of playing cards in the street, and the sense of place is amazing, making the film a portrait of at least four French locations of contrasting types. The last 10 minutes of the film are among the most joyous in all cinema, showing how Rohmer's sense of structure and pacing give quite unexpected depth in the final chapter, so that you are left walking on air.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars my first time! 21 Oct 2013
lets rewind back to 1987, I was arranging a night out with a new girl on the scene at work.
We agreed on cinema, I suggested Personal Services (comedy bio of Cynthia Payne) which was met with utter contempt!
She said 'I'm not seeing that', so I had to pull something out the hat and she wasn't into hollywood blockbusters and preferred foreign movies.
So, god knows how, I plumped for this. I had never seen a sub-titled movie before but this film changed my movie going for evermore.
Yes, there is a lot of talking and you do have to concentrate, but the rewards are well worth it.
A,lovely, well acted and scripted film (although I believe much is improvised),
that felt so fresh and one that I have always recommended to anyone who enjoys foreign cinema.
By the way, we only had a couple more dates as she was living with someone else at the time!
However, for this experience alone, I will never forget her and Julie H will always be remembered fondly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delphine, her eyes on the horizon
There are some films that you love without qualification and beyond reason. For me, Le Rayon Vert/The Green Ray is one. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2012 by GlynLuke
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully depicts the pain and loneliness of young adulthood
Along with An Autumn Tale and My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, this is one of Rohmer's very best films.

While so many films focus on the confusion and pain of adolescence, The... Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2012 by Tonkfan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Rohmer, but grainy picture
"The Green Ray" was made 1986 and is a typical Rohmer film: middle class people, a plot that revolves around romantic relations, a lot of dialogues with references to philosophy or... Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2010 by MarkusG
5.0 out of 5 stars Evidence of love
Wonderful film. Directed with a stripped down intimate style without music, the camera eavesdrops on conversations and punctuates them with panoramas of the places they are taking... Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2010 by W. Rodick
5.0 out of 5 stars International winner, overlooked in France
Summer (Le Rayon Vert) is the fifth of French director Eric Rohmer's "Comedies et Proverbes" movie cycle. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2010 by Matti
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring Boring
This film has a self centred female as its lead character, she constantly moans about everything and every event that occurs to her. Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2009 by David
2.0 out of 5 stars Great acting but boring
I acknowledge that the acting is very good and realistic, however one and half hours of listening to an irritating complainer of a lead character got a bit tedious. Read more
Published on 4 May 2009 by Bluebell
5.0 out of 5 stars Rohmer at his best
A movie about loneliness - how it can grow on you, or how you can grow it yourself. As usual in a Rohmer film, there is a lot of talk - but at times it seems to flow around... Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2008 by Henk Beentje
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm not very operational in life"
Delphine (Marie Rivière) is a young woman that doesn't exactly know what she wants in life, and that is unable to relate well to others. Read more
Published on 14 Jun 2006 by M. B. Alcat
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