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5.0 out of 5 stars Warm and Perceptive, 25 May 2009
This review is from: The Aviator's Wife [1981] [DVD] (DVD)
It's a well known fact that most viewers either love Eric Rohmer's films or hate them. Either you revel in the seeming lack of drama, the long, meandering conversations which seem ad libbed (but are in fact scripted), and the deluded minor heroes and heroines he presents, or you find them all irritating and pretentious.

If you do like his style, then The Aviator's Wife, first in the 'Comedies and Proverbs' series, is an endlessly enjoyable work. Over the past few years I have probably watched it 4 or 5 times, and despite its age and simplicity it always seems fresh. It's about a young man who gets rather confused about whether his older girlfriend is cheating on him or not, and embarks on some (very) amateur private detection. The plot is nowhere near as important as the characters, their attempts to understand each other, their moods, and mistakes. Like the rest of the films in this series, all available on Arrow DVD too, by the end of this film, as at the end of a good book, you find yourself feeling a little sad that your glimpse of these charaters and their lives and worries is complete. The 'real life' Rohmer presents is very realistic.

This DVD has a director interview (approx 12 mins) which is worth a look, and the picture is good, although showing the limitations of the rather faded 1980s film stock.

Overall, highly recommended, along with 'The Green Ray', 'Le Beau Mariage' and 'My Girlfriend's Boyfriend'.
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