The Green Ray  [DVD]
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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.
- Radio Interview with Eric Rohmer
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Marie Riviere (The Aviator's Wife,1981; A Winter's Tale,1992)
"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.Read more ›
In many ways The Green Ray is a very typical Rohmer piece. A talky film centered on the emotional problems of a bourgeois central character, the inspiration is literary (the title comes from the 1882 Jules Verne novel of the same name), Catholic (the assumption of grace through suffering) and Pascalian. As My Night with Maud spells out Rohmer dwells on matters of chance and probability in life, of making a wager of commitment to a person or a system and having to live with the consequences. All of his films are about this to a certain extent, but perhaps none more so than this one.
Delphine (Marie Rivière) is yet another in a long line of Rohmer obsessives who seeks to create her own personal system and play god within it while the surrounding world constantly reminds her of how deluded and out of touch she is. Sabine (in A Good Marriage) and Louise (in Full Moon in Paris) are both convinced they can get what they want without question whether it be a husband or a life split equally between domestic security and risky freedom. Both films finish at the point where their lives collapse and are offered the chance to start again.Read more ›
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I went to see this at the excellent Harwich Electric Palace film theater, as they show quirky films now and again and there was nothing on TV so what the heck. Read morePublished 17 months ago by K. Caulfield
I don’t remember how and why I came to possess this odd little film, but own it I do and as it has recently been re-released in cinemas as part of a retrospective of the director... Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. Joyce
The green ray in the title of this French movie (also called green flash) refers to an optical phenomenon in which you can sometimes see, under certain hard to attain conditions, a... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Andres C. Salama
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)... Read more
There are some films that you love without qualification and beyond reason. For me, Le Rayon Vert/The Green Ray is one. Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2012 by KaleHawkwood
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
"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 morePublished on 25 Jun. 2010 by MarkusG
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 morePublished on 23 Feb. 2010 by ...