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27 August 2018: A Good Marriage


A Good Marriage
Éric Rohmer
1982 | 97 min | Colour | Digital
French with English subtitles

“The La Fontaine proverb that begins this film asks, “Who has not built castles in Spain?” and the film follows with a cautionary tale about the dangers of hatching elaborate and improbable schemes. Rohmer favorite Béatrice Romand plays a young woman bent not on playing the field but rather waiting to meet the ideal man for marriage. In typical Rohmerian fashion, her resolute goal-orientation makes her alternately admirable and insufferable as she wills herself into awkward courtship and miscommunication. Ultimately, Rohmer’s heroine finds herself in a whirlwind of changing mores, the wake that followed the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s and the crossroads that recurs as the setting for the entire cycle of “Comedies and Proverbs.”" – Harvard Film Archive

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