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also known as 4 aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle

4 Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle1987

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A criminally overlooked gem from master filmmaker Eric Rohmer. Over the course of four episodes, two young women (one from the city, the other from the country) meet and bond over an exquisite atmospheric event, and then room together in Paris, where they encounter many of the inevitable characters of a modern city: the impossible waiter, the metro station hustler and the snooty gallery owner. Rohmer imbues them with his special brand of magic, making them remarkably compelling and unforgettable.

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There is a sincere and realistic interplay between Reinette and Mirabelle taking place in response to ridiculous situations. The resulting comedy is something akin to a Parisian Seinfeld; however, unlike the American comedy, the result is always satisfactory and mindful resolution that leaves one feeling a sense of completion from each skit. The acting is perfectly suited to the style of the film and Mr. Rohmer does a fantastic job playing out the juxtaposition of their characters. Cinematography is well done; if you're watching in HD, the grain works to give the film a sense of authenticity, contrasting nicely with the humorousness of the scenes. It's major flaw would be the meandering detachment of the skits and occasional overreacting of the supporting cast. But overall I'm left wanting a fifth adventure from Rohmer and his cast.

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There is a sincere and realistic interplay between Reinette and Mirabelle taking place in response to ridiculous situations. The resulting comedy is something akin to a Parisian Seinfeld; however, unlike the American comedy, the result is always satisfactory and mindful resolution that leaves one feeling a sense of completion from each skit. The acting is perfectly suited to the style of the film and Mr. Rohmer does a fantastic job playing out the juxtaposition of their characters. Cinematography is well done; if you're watching in HD, the grain works to give the film a sense of authenticity, contrasting nicely with the humorousness of the scenes. It's major flaw would be the meandering detachment of the skits and occasional overreacting of the supporting cast. But overall I'm left wanting a fifth adventure from Rohmer and his cast.

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Reinette and Mirabelle are a complementary team, and they keep it real - It never gets mushy between them. They're not trying to be like each other, project, or reflect off each other their hangups, focus on men, compete or play psycho head games - which a ton of movies from the 80s did to the female roles. In Rohmer's style of simplicity, natural conversation, easy pace, and giving air and atmosphere to his characters and the scenes, this film is pleasant and gives us a couple of enjoyable moments of satisfaction through seeing each young woman just be herself. There's no cataclysmic breakthrough or life altering struggle here - but selling your first painting isn't a small thing, either.

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As always, Eric Rohmer makes gentle and warmly stimulating conversational movies and this is another of his many successful attempts. The manner in which he presents his viewers with the unfolding relationships between strangers who meet unexpectedly is always enlightening and a pleasure to watch over and over again.

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A truly well done indictment of the apparent insanity of big city life from the vantage of a rather naïve country gal and her city slicker girlfriend.

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With every new discovery, I adore Rohmer a little bit more.

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A lovely film that is typically French in every way possible. Quippy conversations between two young women in 1990's France.

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Simple yet captivating. Great theme of important of silence. Life lessons discovered by trivial occurrence such as buying a cup of coffee. Great acting.

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I usually love Rohmer's work, but these characters did not come alive for me, like most of his do. Since the storyline is usually secondary in his films, this became arduous. I hope others found something here, because it escaped me.

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a warm croissant of a film

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so yeah this is sweet sort of a lazy film but but sweet & gets better as it goes_it's sometimes silly but it works_love the 2 of them especially Mirabelle_definitely happy

country mouse, city mouse. mundane, yet quirky skits. authentic friendship and outlooks towards life

Love this director's films. I found this movie very interesting on the differences of country life vs. city life. Their encounters in the city are hilarious where the meeting of the farmer was warm and pleasant. Nice contrast.

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The simple life of two young girls in Paris. Good

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Great characters. Very efficient storytelling. Engrossing. French.