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This review is from: The Eric Rohmer Collection - 8 Disc Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
This collection gave me a lot of pleasure (apart from Marquis of O which I haven't managed to finish yet despite several attempts.)Yes, his films are all talk but if you value strong characterisation in films you will be drawn in - more like televised plays in their intimacy than cinema. They're very modern films - his characters are basically good people trying to find, or create, values to live by often thwarted by their own selfishness and loneliness. The Green Ray is probably the best with a tremendously intense central performance; Pauline at the Beach is everyone's memory of the golden summer you think you once had, and I also loved The Good Marriage - the ultimate film of how men and women don't really understand each other. My Girlfriend's boyfriend (much better in French "L'ami de mon amie")is set in the "new" suburb of Cergy-Pontoise, clean, carefully designed and somehow, completely soulless. You get a sense of people trying to forge relationships without any real sense of roots or community - very contemporary though it was made in the 80s. Some of the extras are quite illuminating with Rohmer explaining the thinking behind the shooting of some scenes.