- Actors: Amanda Langlet, Arielle Dombasle, Pascal Greggory
- Directors: Eric Rohmer
- Format: PAL, Full Screen, Dolby, Digital Sound, Subtitled
- Language: French
- Subtitles: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Arrow
- DVD Release Date: 12 July 2004
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00028HC56
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,264 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Pauline at the Beach (Pauline à la plage)  [DVD]
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The third in French director Eric Rohmer's 'Comedies et Proverbes' cycle of films, this is a subtle, sun-drenched comedy about entwined holiday romances and the inconsistency and complexity of human relationships. Marion (Arielle Dombasle), a beautiful divorcée, decides to spend the last few weeks of summer at the family beach house in Normandy. She takes along her fifteen-year-old cousin Pauline (Amanda Langlet), a sensitive and fragile girl on the verge of womanhood. At the beach the two meet up with Pierre (Pascal Greggory), Marion's humourless and obsessive ex-lover, who offers to teach them windsurfing and introduces them to his friend Henri (Féodor Atkine). Marion soon falls for Henri, despite Pierre declaring his love for her. Meanwhile, Pauline has quietly become involved with teenage Sylvain (Simon de la Brosse).
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Before talking about this film, a short introduction to Rohmer for those that are not familiar with him is in order. Rohmer (Jean Marie Maurice Schérer, born in 1920 in France) is part of "La Nouvelle Vague" (= "The new wave"), a movement that says that the director is an "author" and that as such, his personal signature is evident in his work. Among the most well-known films of this French director, there is a cycle of films called "Six Moral Tales", a series called "Comedies and Proverbs" (in which each film is based on a different proverb), and a third series entitled "Tales of the Four Seasons".
"Pauline At The Beach" (= "Pauline à la plage"») is the third film in the "Comedies and Proverbs" series, and the proverb around which it is centered is "Qui trop parole, il se mesfait". The plot is not difficult to follow, but it is interesting, specially if you pay close attention to the dialogues among the characters, a Rohmer trademark.
The main character is Pauline (Amanda Langlet), a young teenager that goes to the beach with Marion (Arielle Dombasle), a relative that has divorced recently and is ready for something new, in other words an affair. Pierre (Pascal Greggory), an old acquaintance and Henri (Feodor Atkine), a newcomer, vie for Marion's attention. Pauline thinks that Pierre is the right one for her cousin, but Marion has other ideas, preferring Henri.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Not bad. If there's one next, I'll be looking forward to it. A story with happy ending. The film's camera switch is too montage. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Savannah
The simple story is interesting enough but presented by actors and dialogue more befitting an entirely amateur troupe. Read morePublished 17 months ago by philip1805
A summer vacation on the Normandy Coast becomes an eye-opening lesson in the pleasures and pitfalls of romance for 15-year-old Pauline(Amanda Langlet), as she and her beautiful... Read morePublished on 9 Oct. 2013 by technoguy
I could watch the films of Eric Rohmer till les vaches come home.
This one is a sly charmer from 1982 concerning the teenage Pauline, who is on holiday on the Normandy coast... Read more
"Pauline At The Beach" (1983) is an interesting film that you are likely to enjoy, even if you are not one of Eric Rohmer's fans. Read morePublished on 16 Aug. 2006 by B. Alcat
Pauline A La Plage might,on the surface seem like the naiive effort of a director who is still learning his trade. Read morePublished on 26 Mar. 2006