A TALE OF WINTER

Directed by Eric Rohmer
US release date: Dec 19, 2014
Directed by Eric Rohmer
With Charlotte Véry, Frédéric van den Driessche, Michel Voletti, Hervé Furic
114 min | France | 1992

A young couple, Félicie and Charles, meet while on holiday and fall deeply in love. In a fatal slip, she gives him the wrong address, and, as a result, he disappears from her life. Five years later, at Christmas time, Félicie is a hairdresser in the Paris suburbs with a daughter (Charles’) and two lovers: the successful Maxence and the intellectual Loïc. She loves them both, but as she says, “There’s love and love,” and the love that counts is the one she still holds for the long lost Charles. The plot centers on Félicie’s shifting allegiances to the three men in her life, with an abortive move to another city, a strange experience in the cathedral of Nevers, and a performance of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale among the stations on a roundabout journey that finally brings her face to face with the most basic issues of destiny and faith.

Eric Rohmer was unsurpassed at creating intelligent romantic comedies and intelligent female characters. A Tale of Winter, one of his most genial and audacious films, is a superb example of both facets. Félicie is one of the most fascinating in Rohmer’s distinguished line of heroines: impulsive, independent, thoughtlessly frank, disarmingly sincere, at once exasperating and enchanting.


Opens in the US on December 19, 2014

- Opens in New York on December 19 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center

*Note: An imported 35mm archival print of the film, courtesy of the Institut français, will be shown at the Cleveland Cinematheque on Jan 31 & Feb 1 and at the Gene Siskel Film Center on Feb 8th & 12th.

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US distributor : Big World Pictures

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