Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
Original title: Conte D’Ete
France, 1996. Canal+, La Sept Cinema, Les Films du Losange, Sofilmka. Screenplay by Eric Rohmer. Cinematography by Diane Baratier. Produced by Francoise Etchegaray, Margaret Menegoz. Music by Philippe Eidel, Sebastien Erms. Film Editing by Mary Stephen. Toronto International Film Festival 1996.
More delightful folly from French director Eric Rohmer, whose second of four “Tales of the Seasons” takes place by the seashore during a young student’s summer. The lad in question is only just arrived at the tiny seaside hamlet to meet up with his girlfriend, but it appears her pan-European trip has been delayed and he is left at the mercy of a sweet restaurant waitress and a growing lusty attraction to another bikini-clad vixen. When his girlfriend finally returns to meet up with him, he finds himself having to choose which of the three women before him is the one he most wants to be with, a difficult choice considering all he really wants to do is stay home and compose songs on his guitar. Breezy fun, never dirty, never too involving, and always chock full of bright Riviera sunshine.