Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

(Perceval le Gallois)

Year: 1978
Country: France
Run Time: 127 minutes


Rohmer's concept is to portray the 12th century of the Perceval story through the idealized terms with which that period mythologized itself. The result is a uniquely enchanting experience. Rohmer has found his perfect Perceval in Fabrice Luchini, a comic innocent whose wide-eyed impressionability registers every stage of Perceval's initiation into the rituals of courtly life. Although closely related to Rohmer's other films (Perceval is a brother to the Jean-Louis Trintignant character in 1969's "My Night at Maud's" and Claire's sisters from 1971's "Claire's Knee" also are evident) the old French rhyming text and the painted sets give a unique look and sound to this, his most exhilarating film.

"Eric Rohmer's Perceval is a medieval Buster Keaton who pursues the Grail in a bumbling, inefficient but charming manner." - New York Film Festival

"Intelligent, polished, spiritual and deeply rewarding." - After Dark

Eric Rohmer (from the poem by Chretien de Troyes)

Margaret Menegoz and Barbet Schroeder

Nestor Almendros

Cecile Decugis

Principal Cast
Fabrice Luchini, Andre Dussollier, Arielle Dombasle

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