Reviews

An Autumn Tale

4

"I need to meet a man but I refuse to do anything about it," laments the widowed fortysomething winegrower Magali (Béatrice Romand), in writer-director Eric Rohmer's leisurely romantic comedy. Her married bookseller friend Isabelle (Marie Rivière) plays matchmaker and secretly places a lonely-hearts ad, choosing to screen potential partners by pretending to be Magali.

The final instalment in the filmmaker's "Tales of the Seasons" quartet, An Autumn Tale has many of the attributes of vintage Rohmer: the deceptive lightness of the direction, a profound sense of time and place (in this case the Rhône valley), and the naturalistic lead performances. The characters may talk endlessly about matters of the heart, but their loquaciousness shields their indecision and restlessness.

 

Film Details

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: June 27th 2005