SUMMER is the fifth in Eric Rohmer's series of "Comedies and Proverbs" begun with THE AVIATOR'S WIFE, a film that also starred the lovely Marie Riviere. It's August in Paris, and the natives have gone on holiday, leaving the city to the throngs of tourists. Delphine (Riviere), however,
has nowhere to go, having missed out on a planned trip to Greece when her girlfriend decided to go with her new lover instead. Depressed, lonely, and loveless, Delphine is determined to take a vacation before the start of her fall term at college. After accepting an invitation to stay in a
friend's vacated Biarritz apartment, Delphine meets Lena (Carita), a blonde Swedish playgirl who makes every effort to pull her out of her melancholy, although ultimately Delphine must gain insight on her own.
Since his rise to prominence in the late 1950s, director-writer Rohmer has consistently delivered small but wonderful romantic episodes. Rather than filming events or spectacles, he films people--usually lovelorn Parisians on a stubborn quest. Here Delphine is the stubborn one--determined not to
be stuck in Paris and to find a lover who will bring her happiness, even if her determination makes her unhappy. Riviere remarked that Rohmer "had seen some women alone on the beach on holiday and he noticed sometimes that women were looking for men in newspaper advertisements. He wanted to
explore this loneliness of young women who are not ugly, who have nothing wrong with them, but who are still alone." Filming with a typically small crew, shooting on 16mm film, and allowing his cast to improvise, Rohmer made one of his most refreshing and natural films to date in SUMMER.
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- Released: 1986
- Rating: R
- Review: SUMMER is the fifth in Eric Rohmer's series of "Comedies and Proverbs" begun with THE AVIATOR'S WIFE, a film that also starred the lovely Marie Riviere. It's August in Paris, and the natives have gone on holiday, leaving the city to the throngs of tourists… (more)