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

A SUMMER'S TALE
(Conte d'?t)

Year: 1996
Country: France
Run Time: 109 minutes

Using spare, precise brush-strokes on a canvas of the French-Atlantic towns of St. Malo and Dinan, Eric Rohmer depicts a simple July idyll in the enchanting and romantic A SUMMER'S TALE. With a month's respite before he takes a dull job, Gaspard arrives in Bretagne for a beachfront rendezvous with his flighty girlfriend, supposedly staying with friends nearby. Typically, she has neglected to show up or leave messages for him. Gaspard's solitude sparks an acquaintance with Margot, a perceptive young waitress whose lover is also very far away. "Instead of hanging around, get a girl for the summer," she advises. "There are lots of pretty girls here." Despite Gaspard's denials and assertions that he's not so capricious, a mutual attraction blossoms during his regular walks with Margot . . . until Gaspard finds Solene, a friend of Margot's, who seems to be the answer. Yes, she's the one, and Gaspard pledges his heart to this exciting newcomer . . . until Gaspard encounters Lena. One of Rhomer's most beautifully realized works, A SUMMER'S TALE is shot with the deeply loving yet ironic eye of a master filmmaker. (In French with English subtitles)

Screenplay
Eric Rohmer

Director
Eric Rohmer

Producer
Margaret Menogoz

Cinematography
Diane Baratier

Editing
Mary Stephen

Principal Cast
Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Gwenaelle Simon, Aurelia Nolin

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