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5.0 out of 5 stars vintage Rohmer, 13 May 2012
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I love all of Eric Rohmer's films that I have seen but this one has a particular meaning in that it was one of the first I saw (when it was released). I was absolutely captivated by the plot and the style of the dialogues that seem so artless and yet are so carefully put together. And every time I watch it I feel transported in the same way. It's not that it bowls you over, but the emotions it evokes in the viewer - of empathy - are so well balanced against a more objective appraisal of what is going on that it makes an unusually satisfying whole. A lot of the latter has to do with the conflicting loyalties of friendship and desire, and the way characters delude others (knowingly) and themselves (unconsciously). The way Rohmer dramatises this with such apparent simplicity is amazing. The characters are all sympathetic because you feel Rohmer is observing them with such depth. At the same time the mystery of attraction is shown with a kind of genius on the part of the director (who wrote the script himself as always), and the acting is very good - we really feel how it operates between the characters. And to the extent that we may find our own desire going towards one or other of them, this in no way prevents us from seeing it in the round. I remember really liking the Fabien character myself when I saw it at 20, so it is interesting to see it now 25 years later and feel that same impulse, and also to feel it differently, seeing as I am now so much older yet he is still that age ... It certainly taps into our own feelings in this way because of the very subtle pacing. It has added another layer of interest for me, but coming to it for the first time, at any age, it is a wonderful experience of cinema to see this film and feel that marvellous poise between feeling and reflection that it brings. It also allows time for a vivid evocation of place and of nature.
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