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also known as Conte d'été

A Summer's Tale1996

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Gaspard, a recent university graduate, arrives at the seaside in Bretagne for three weeks' vacation before starting a new job. He's hoping his sort-of girlfriend, the fickle Léna, will join him there; but as the days pass, he welcomes the interest of Margot, a student of ethnology working as a waitress for the summer. Things start to get complicated when the spoken-for Margot encourages Gaspard to have a summer romance with her friend, Solène, and he complies. When Léna turns up, and scheduling complications abound, Gaspard will have to make a choice... Rohmer's characteristically light touch allows his characters to discourse on love and friendship, even as their body language complicates and even contradicts their words. Diane Baratier's cinematography perfectly captures the languor of youth and the feeling of a French beach vacation - the sea, the sunlight and the lovely surroundings convey the openness of a world of possibilities faced by these young people.

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A masterpiece. Took me several nights to watch- so much to digest. Like tuning in to a particularly rich period of one's own past. Plot is developed through conversation- economy of means, but it just happens to be brilliant dialogue. Beautiful young women walking in bathing suits. French seaside as a backdrop. Heaven.

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A masterpiece. Took me several nights to watch- so much to digest. Like tuning in to a particularly rich period of one's own past. Plot is developed through conversation- economy of means, but it just happens to be brilliant dialogue. Beautiful young women walking in bathing suits. French seaside as a backdrop. Heaven.

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This film is like a long cool ice cream cone in summer: it’s sweet and self indulgent, but when it’s all gone you find it wasn’t so refreshing after all, and you’re really still thirsty. In this summer’s tale, Gaspard spreads himself a little too thin when he promises 3 filles an outing to Ouessant…basically so he isn’t left without a date, and he’s hoping he can get the best one. And what do you know: they all three have the same body type - what a coincidence! They should have the Bechdel test for men: whenever the guy says “she’s my ideal girl” and the film wasn’t made before the 40s, a buzzer sounds. He failed. This is a good film for practicing your French, and I'd watch it again for that.

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One young man, two weeks on the beach, and three women. The mysteries of attraction, desire, friendship, passion. Lots of interesting conversation.

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Really hard to watch...in one sitting! It's like one of those books or nights that you don't want to end. You willingly surrender to the magic Eric weaves with our own memories and the tumults of youth. All so perfectly set to the music of ocean's surf and the cry of seagulls. Its a tale you will want to watch every summer.

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Wow. I love that this film mirrors A Winter's Tale with its selection of three lovers and its theme of choice vs. fate-although the lover in the photograph is not "the one." Here Margot is clearly the choice-although she is also indecisive. I wouldn't say Gaspard is the only character who spreads himself too thin.

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Haven't seen it since it came out, but still charming.

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Rohmer's film is a masterful character study. Understated but rich in dialogue and containing universal themes of coming of age, love, relationships and uncertainty. The beautiful setting along the Brittany coast adds to the film immensely and is almost another character itself. The intricacy of dialog and the wonderful acting makes this film one to enjoy again and again.

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A gem. Seemingly simple, but the characters develop splendidly. There are many contrasts that expose what makes life and romance interesting. Friendship here is obviously richer than romance. An easy film to watch

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A very interesting and well done film about a rather strange young man who has a chance at romance with three different desirable young women during his summer vacation, only to blow it with all of them. The film ends with life pretty unresolved for this very educated and bright, but socially immature young man. Very interesting to view how this guy blows a sure thing with three different gals, all of whom find him somewhat attractive, and all of whom the young man finds somewhat attractive too. This is a very interesting and well done film about a strange leading man who just doesn't have his head screwed on tight.

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Very sweet and entertaining film

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4 1/2 really charming & sweet _a totally confused love story in many parts_everyone is really good in it_feels like summer feels like love almost

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boring nothing goin on

lovely. loved it. love rohmer.

pada dasarnya jadi dia tidak pergi tanpa kencan, dan dia berharap dia bisa mendapatkan yang terbaik. Dan apa yang Anda ketahui: mereka bertiga memiliki tipe tubuh yang sama - kebetulan sekali! Mereka harus memiliki tes Bechdel untuk pria: setiap kali pria itu mengatakan “dia adalah gadis idaman saya”

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whats not to like?. thank you mr Rohmer

i like it

An excellent coming-of-age story, with very good character development.

Too slow

Rather delightful !

J'aime le montage, les perspectives, la mer, les couleurs... mais j'ai eu mal de m'identifier avec le personnage principal. J'ai la sensation que j'étais en train de regarder un aimant bouge selon les positions de ses attirants en lieu de regarder un garçon qui a des émotions vrais.

a good laid back kind of movie. I LOVED IT !!! nothing too heavy

Very nice study of human emotions and self awareness in romance and relationships in general.

Very dry and boring and desires that keep one from growth but interesting movie.