Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Pauline A La Plage
France, 1983. Les Films Ariane, Les Films du Losange. Screenplay by Eric Rohmer. Cinematography by Nestor Almendros. Produced by Margaret Menegoz. Music by Jean-Louis Valéro. Film Editing by Cecile Decugis, Christopher Tate. Boston Film Critics Awards 1983.
One of Eric Rohmer’s most delightful comedies. Fifteen year-old Pauline (Amanda Langlet) visits a beachside town with her cousin Marion (Arielle Dombasle) during the autumn season when the shores are empty of vacationing crowds. Both of them find romance, but both of them have their opportunities ruined by the interference of a sexual adventurer who is only after his own pleasure. This interrupts Pauline’s courtship with an earnest young man as well as Marion’s chances with an eager surfer. The locations are beautiful, the conversations plentiful and the characters all loveable. A very enjoyable trifle.