A group of shallow, self-absorbed French twentysomethings trying our patience with their endless twitterings about romance? Or a compassionate, gently amusing study of the mysteries of human desire? The final instalment in Eric Rohmer's `Comedies And Proverbs' cycle fits both descriptions.
Set in the suburbs of Paris, there's a documentary feel to this work, Rohmer's unobtrusive direction blending with location shooting and natural lighting. Where the film will divide viewers, however, is in its characters' volubility. - Their incessant babbling is borderline irritating, yet that's both the point and the joke, the protagonists obscuring their true feelings behind a stream of prattle.