Autumn Tale (1998)

ERIC ROHMER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

Original title:  Conte D’Automne

France, 1998, , , .  Screenplay by Eric Rohmer.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , , , .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Charming little French farce from director Eric Rohmer, whose films can always be counted on to be breezy, light and so natural in feel and movement. In this poignant piece, a woman living in the country is best friends with her Tunisian farmer neighbour and decides to end her friend’s loneliness by setting her up with a man she meets in a personal ad.

The woman’s children also have their own storylines with their own romantic mixups as well, and like any good French film it all works itself out at a big party in a large country chateau. Nothing exhilarating, but an enjoyably frothy night at the movies all the same.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1998

Venice Film Festival Award:  Best Screenplay

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