Sunday, November 13, 2016

Autumn Tale

Autumn Tale is a 1998 French film directed by Eric Rohmer. It is a love story about a woman, a lonely widow with two grown children, whose friends want to help her meet a suitable man. It's a beautiful, delicately told story, with sweet touches of humor. You can't go wrong spending time watching this movie.

via Vimeo:

Senses of Cinema says, "Autumn Tale is practically flawless; a musical and lyrical exploration of middle-age life." Empire Online says the director "has found a fresh spin on old obsessions -the pursuit of romance, the differences between the sexes- turning in a sprightly, hugely enjoyable treat that renders many of his younger counterparts leaden by comparison."

CNN says, "There's a sensuality to Rohmer's films that informs even the most mundane situations, and his vital take on the complexities of modern love never reveals the advanced age of the man behind the camera.... Rohmer's films are like lazy afternoons, but the director always keeps it interesting." The Telegraph calls it "playful". Boston Review says it "finds a world of beauty in the lives of women."

Roger Ebert gives it 4 out of 4 stars and says this of the director:
His movies are about love, chance, life and coincidence; he creates plots that unfold in a series of delights, surprises and reversals. When there is a happy ending, it arrives as a relief, even a deliverance, for characters who spend much of the movie on the very edge of missing out on their chances for happiness.
Rotten Tomatoes gives it a critics score of 94%.


  1. This sounds familiar but as I read your post I guess I never saw it. Sounds great. Hugs-Erika

    1. It struck a chord with me. All of the small moments that make up life, none of the big mistakes or big laughs I sometimes see in movies, but more like life is. More subtle.

  2. glad you mentioned the name of director because to a movie is a complete reflection of a one man called director all else is secondary
    this sounds great i will try to take time to watch it dear

    1. I was looking for films that take place in the autumn of the year and just happened to come across this one. I hope you like it :)