Rohmer’s ‘Seasons’ — NO TOFU
Originally published at NO TOFU
American francophiles were in for a treat this week with the US release of Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale, the only film from the director’s Tales of the Four Seasons series that was not released state-side during their original run in the 1990s. With this theatrical release, film fans are invited to revisit the later work of a New Wave icon.
Like the other films in the four part series, A Summer’s Tale explores the humorous and confusing nature of relationships between flawed people. Gaspard, the protagonist of the film, has gone on a summer vacation with hopes of meeting up with his on-again-off-again girlfriend, only to become wrapped up in romantic entanglements with two other young women. The understated style of the films makes for an intimate viewing experience as on-screen players struggle to connect in an authentic way. The warmth of A Summer’s Tale radiates from beach scenes and soft lighting, and even if the 1990s style feels dated, the film is no less relatable for those who are young and struggling to navigate love.
Rohmer’s 1990s quartet has held up well in the past two decades, and when taken together the four films create a beautiful picture of love and romance rooted in the changing seasons. Whether you are new to Rohmer’s work or a long time fan, the thrill of seeing this famed director’s work return to the big screen makes A Summer’s Tale a welcome addition to the box office.