LVAC Summer Film Series: Eric Rohmer, Summer aka The Green Ray (1986)

July 30, 2008, 7:00PM

Bartos Theatre
20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15
Atrium level
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

Summer aka The Green Ray (1986/France) 98 min., dir. Eric Rohmer

Delphine played by Marie Rivière is the central character in Rohmer’s romantic comedy.  The movie opens at the start of Delphine’s summer vacation.  Her travel plans are suddenly thrown into disarray when her girlfriend ditches her and Delphine is left moping around Paris, depressed and self-pitying.  The film follows Delphine’s misadventures as she seeks to find what she wants:  happiness and true love.

“Much like Delphine, Summer initially seems slight, but it’s a movie of uncommon sensitivity and emotional reserves. Delphine is no great philosopher. Yet she’s a woman who uses her mind, if only, sometimes, to go in self-searching circles. As played by Miss Riviere, she’s funny, gallant, irritating and terrifically romantic.

Delphine is the archetypal Rohmer heroine, a character who could exist only in a film. She’s a remarkable, collaborative composition of the director’s vision, the actress’s personality, the settings through which she moves and the sounds she hears, which, in addition to the words (not always kind) of her friends, include street noises, music, the passing of the occasional airplane, birds, even the wind in the trees.” – Vincent Canby, New York Times


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