Summer (Rohmer, 1986)

This review contains spoilers.

Summer (Eric Rohmer, 1986)

A summer in the life of the most boring woman on the planet? Heheh, it’s a good thing I like slice of life movies or this could have been a disaster. Even so, it took a long time for me to be drawn in. The film follows a woman on her summer vacation as she contemplates her loneliness and is encouraged by several random people to get out and find someone. Usually I find films about loneliness and isolation extremely important, and the characters involved very sympathetic. But the protagonist here seems more whiny than anything.

The film really begins to move forward at a scene where a group of elderly folks discuss the green ray of light the sun emits just before it sets. Their words and passion over this natural occurrence combined with the beautiful surroundings were refreshing and peaceful. Then, when our protagonist finally stumbles upon a man she feels comfortable with, and they share a moment watching for the green ray, the film has finally found itself. I wish Rohmer would have considered making this a short film with less sulking as I definitely did not feel more connected with this woman just because I had spent an hour with her ‘woe is me’ attitude. I do have to say, though, that Rohmer nails it in his depiction of how the jolt of new romance can completely change one’s whole demeanor.  6.75/10

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