A Tale of Winter

I watched this on the basis of Roger Ebert’s four star review.  I hated this movie with a passion.  My first complaint is that it felt like I was watching the movie in real time.  Here are the main characters walking through the park.  Now they’re on the bus.   No real story per se…. just look at them walking through life.   Don’t get me wrong – I love a slow-burning character study.  This film neither burned nor had interesting characters.  It just felt so amateurish.

My second complaint is the resolution.  We had to sit through a couple hours of her slogging through life and then we get a weird scene on a bus.  Its as if the characters hadn’t seen each other in a week or two – “hey, funny running into you here”.   I thought for a minute that they might save some of the movie when she had a decision to make.  Nope, the credits were rolling a minute later (with the backdrop of kids awkwardly playing while trying not to look at the camera).  Just awful.

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Movie title: A Tale of Winter

Movie description: Felicie and Charles have a whirlwind holiday romance. Due to a mix-up on addresses they lose contact, and five years later at Christmas-time Felicie is living with her mother in a cold Paris with a daughter as a reminder of that long-ago summer. For male companionship she oscillates between hairdresser Maxence and the intellectual Loic, but seems unable to commit to either as the memory of Charles and what might have been hangs over everything.

Date published: 2019-07-13

Director(s): Éric Rohmer

Actor(s): Charlotte Véry, Frédéric van den Driessche, Michel Voletti, Hervé Furic, Ava Loraschi, Christiane Desbois, Rosette, Jean-Luc Revol, Haydée Caillot, Jean-Claude Biette, Marie Rivière, Roger Dumas, Danièle Lebrun, Diane Lepvrier

Genre: Comedy

My Review

I watched this on the basis of Roger Ebert’s four star review.  I hated this movie with a passion.  My first complaint is that it felt like I was watching the movie in real time.  Here are the main characters walking through the park.  Now they’re on the bus.   No real story per se…. just look at them walking through life.   Don’t get me wrong – I love a slow-burning character study.  This film neither burned nor had interesting characters.  It just felt so amateurish.

My second complaint is the resolution.  We had to sit through a couple hours of her slogging through life and then we get a weird scene on a bus.  Its as if the characters hadn’t seen each other in a week or two – “hey, funny running into you here”.   I thought for a minute that they might save some of the movie when she had a decision to make.  Nope, the credits were rolling a minute later (with the backdrop of kids awkwardly playing while trying not to look at the camera).  Just awful.

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