Fans of Eric Rohmer, start getting excited now. The French auteur’s light-as-air classic “A Summer’s Tale,” the third film in his Four Seasons film cycle and the only one to never before receive US theatrical distribution, is arriving this summer on the big screen. It hits theaters June 20 at New York’s Lincoln Plaza, and July 18 at various Laemmle theater locations in LA. A national release is set to follow.
Originally premiering in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, “A Summer’s Tale” follows a young college graduate (Melvil Poupaud) as he touches down in a breezy seaside town in Bretagne for a three-week vacation. All of the films in Rohmer’s Four Seasons cycle — and, indeed, in his career — look at the tangled complications of love, much of which is discussed at length by his introspective if fallible characters, and this film is no different. The young man thinks his girlfriend will meet up with him for the holiday, but when she’s slow to arrive he starts spending his time with a local waitress and ethnology student (the fabulously endearing and naturalistic Amanda Langlet, who starred in the title role, albeit as a child actress, in Rohmer’s 1983 film “Pauline at the Beach”). More issues arise as more ladies appear on the scene.
The restored print is being released by Big World Pictures. Check out a vintage trailer, below. No subtitles, but you’ll get the idea.