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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 MargotGaspard (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] Collapse
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  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 19, 2014
    100
    Rohmer has a genius for taking a seemingly mundane situation and slowly tightening the screws.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Josh Kupecki
    Sep 3, 2014
    89
    Fall into the rhythm of Rohmer’s beats, and you will hear the sound of humanity wrestling with everything that matters.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Jun 20, 2014
    88
    Looking at the picture’s mostly sun-drenched and drolly cheerful surface layer, one marvels at Rohmer’s unerring sense of what drama kings and queens young people can be.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Aug 29, 2014
    75
    A Summer's Tale is one of those movies where it looks like nothing is happening; there is a lot of walking and talking (against exquisite backdrops), dissections and discourse about the intricacies of romance, the false signals, the fickleness.

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