Full Moon In Paris (1984)

ERIC ROHMER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Original title:  Les Nuits De La Pleine Lune

France, 1984, .  Screenplay by Eric Rohmer.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Pascale Ogier.  Film Editing by .  

plays an indecisive woman who lives in the suburbs with sporty, reliable but feels the need to keep a pied-a-terre in the city.  She is up front with her boyfriend about this, insisting that she loves him but wants a piece of her life for herself, but director Eric Rohmer’s wry sense of humour is well in play and it is soon clear that her defiantly asserted decisions are actually subject to emotional whims, and that life is not always waiting for you to make up your mind before springing surprises on you.  Ogier is a woman whose desire for stability is constantly at odds with her curious nature, resulting in a lot of conversations in living rooms broken up by the odd romantic dance with handsome strangers, and thanks to the actor’s solid and even performance, it has moments of being charming and light.  There isn’t the usual deep investigation hidden behind seemingly innocuous situations that one loves best from Rohmer, however; this one actually feels mostly superficial instead of delicate, but fans of the filmmaker are advised to check it out anyway.  Ogier tragically died at 25 of a heart attack, appearing in one only more feature and a short film after this one’s release earned her Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival.

Toronto International Film Festival:  1984

Venice Film Festival Award:  Best Actress (Pascale Ogier)

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