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  • Summary: Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud), a recent university graduate, arrives at the seaside in Bretagne for a three week vacation before starting a new job. He’s hoping his sort-of girlfriend, the fickle Léna (Aurélia Nolin), will join him there; but as the days pass, he welcomes the interest of Margot (Amanda Langlet), a student of ethnology working as a waitress for the summer. Things start to get complicated when the spoken-for Margot encourages Gaspard to have a summer romance with her friend, Solène (Gwenaëlle Simon), and he complies. When Léna turns up, and scheduling complications abound, Gaspard will have to make a choice. [Big World Pictures] Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Jun 19, 2014
    100
    Whether it's the closest you'll get to the beach this year, or you have to tear yourself away from the dunes to enjoy it, it's an essential part of any movie-lover's summer.
  2. Reviewed by: Jonathan Kiefer
    Jun 19, 2014
    100
    The Rohmer touch consists of nonchalance and effortless sensuality, not just in the people, but also in the landscape, somehow even in the air.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 19, 2014
    100
    Rohmer has a genius for taking a seemingly mundane situation and slowly tightening the screws.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 19, 2014
    90
    A Summer’s Tale has room to focus on Rohmer’s brilliance at revealing human nature through articulate, multidimensional characters, perfectly cast, who in some ways seem to exist outside of time.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jun 19, 2014
    90
    The thoughts may not be profound, but they are profoundly true to life,and the writer-director’s approach to young people’s concerns is remarkably universal and timeless.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Jul 11, 2014
    88
    Like most of Rohmer’s movies, A Summer’s Tale is comic, humane and much more complicated than it seems at first. The fresh-faced actors, realistic dialogue and naturalistic performances suggest a casual approach, but as the story progresses, the filmmaker’s control is increasingly evident.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 18, 2014
    83
    This is a movie of high innocence, set at a time in life when romantic love is still a frolic and the seaside is a balm that quells all ills.

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