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Thursday, May 22, 2008


In contrast to his nouvelle vague confreres, Eric Rohmer only got better with the passing years. To such an extent that his 6 Moral Tales (this is #4) now play as warm-ups for things to come. (Excepting #6, the masterful CHLOE IN THE AFTERNOON.) This one is worth seeing for Nestor Almendros’s lushly naturalistic color photography and for the fascinating presence of Patrick Bauchau. He plays a young antiques dealer who is taking a break from work (such as it is) at a villa near Cannes. Wanting simply to loaf, his stay is complicated by his two fellow house guests (the wise owner is absent), his touchy artistic pal and a typically vacuous French babette w/ snub nose, pouty lips, easy sexuality, the works. The little story plays out like a Gallic BizarroWorld DESIGN FOR LIVING and we learn, as we so often do in Rohmer’s world, to be careful what we wish for.

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