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15 September 2018: A Tale of Winter


A Tale of Winter
Éric Rohmer
1992 | 114 min | Colour | Digital
French with English subtitles

Éric Rohmer’s late-career triumph is among the writer-director’s most articulate, affecting, and earnest explorations of love and faith, in an oeuvre replete with variations on those themes. Either a Christian parable or an ode to cosmic coincidence – or some medley of both – Rohmer’s wintry romance centres on Félicie (Charlotte Véry), a single mother and Parisian coiffeuse who, five years earlier, had a passionate affaire de cœur while on vacation that ended with a botched exchange of addresses and a baby en route. Now Félicie finds she’s unable to choose between two committed suitors – her burly, no-nonsense boss and an intellectual librarian – believing, against reason, that her lost love will return. Shakespeare’s The Winter's Tale factors in, as do the sublime, heart-lifting pleasures of Rohmer’s The Green Ray, the film’s closest cousin.

Part of Éric Rohmer's Tales of the Four Seasons