A SUMMER’S TALE

Directed by Eric Rohmer | Written by Eric Rohmer
US release date: June 20, 2014
Written and Directed by Eric Rohmer
With Melvil Poupaud, Aurélia Nolin and Amanda Langlet
109 min, Comedy | Drama | Romance, France, 1996

Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud), a recent university graduate, arrives at the seaside in Bretagne for three weeks' 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, the titular character from Rohmer's PAULINE AT THE BEACH), 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...

Rohmer's characteristically light touch allows his characters to discourse on love and friendship, even as their body language complicates and even contradicts their words. Diane Baratier's cinematography perfectly captures the languor of youth and the feeling of a French beach vacation--the sea, the sunlight and the picturesque surroundings convey the openness of a world of possibilities faced by these young people.

Big World Pictures’ director Jonathan Howell noted: "We are very excited to bring this overlooked gem to American audiences for them to finally experience it on the big screen. Melvil Poupaud is excellent as Gaspard in one of his finest early lead roles, as Rohmer returns  to a theme he handled so masterfully in LE RAYON VERT: the dilemma of the French vacation."


Opens in the US on July 18, 2014

- Opens in NYC on June 20 at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

- Opens in LA on July 18 at the Royal, Playhouse 7 and Town Center

US DistributionBig World Pictures

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