Monthly Archives: May 2015

A conversation with Marie Rivière … Eric Rohmer’s intelligent adoration of women

Eric Rohmer’s Le Rayon Vert (‘The Green Ray’) and La Femme De L’Aviateur (‘The Aviator’s Wife’) are part of my summer blood. I watch them every August and in my mind they are like old friends, associated with clear night … Continue reading

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Le Rayon Vert (The Green Ray)

Eric Rohmer releases a restless spirit in Delphine (Marie Rivière), a Parisian secretary who finds herself embracing ‘les grandes vacances’ alone. Travelling between family, friends, the mountains and finally Biarritz, Delphine carries an uneasy solitude, looking for a sign that … Continue reading

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La Femme De L’Aviateur (The Aviator’s Wife)

Love, jealousy and misunderstanding feel like soft rain in the first of Eric Rohmer’s ‘Comedies and Proverbs’ series. Here are two very different 1980s Parisian women. One is Anne (Marie Rivière): she’s a 25 year-old secretary who lives in small…

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Trois Couleurs: Bleu (Three Colours: Blue)

Sadness and love are a pure, strong song in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s first ‘movement’ of the Three Colours Trilogy. The music, scored by Zbigniew Preisner, and based around the Song for the unification of Europe (inspired by the Greek text of … Continue reading

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Les Innocents aux Mains Sales (Innocents with Dirty Hands)

the hollow rattle of 70s sexism … Continue reading

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Une Nouvelle Amie (The New Girlfriend)

Sexuality and gender beam fluorescent pink in François Ozon’s playful adaptation of Ruth Rendell’s short story, ‘The New Girlfriend’. Romain Duris plays David, who after the death of his wife is left to raise their baby alone. His wife’s best…

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