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Romance of Astree and Celadon

Eric Rohmer
Les amours d’Astrée et de Céladon
France, Italy, Spain 2006 / 109’

In the vein of his earlier works The Marquise of O and Perceval le Gallois, Eric Rohmer's new film revisits a classic French novel of the seventeenth century. The film functions as a fable with a setting outside of time, in the realm of the imagination. Highly structured and paced in the manner of baroque music or theatre, Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon has a sedate, contemplative rhythm. (…)

As the story begins, Céladon and Astrée are about to be betrothed. On the riverbank one day, however, Astrée sees Céladon kiss another woman. Horrified, she bans Céladon from her sight forever. (…)

Rohmer revels in morally complex stories of romantic intent, betrayal and confusion, in which words and actions take on a variety of meanings depending on one's perspective. This filmmaker has fashioned a career around witty wordplay, human fallibility, self-deception and misunderstanding. Combined as they are here with the courtly mannerisms of a pastoral morality tale, the result is a castle of magical delights.

Piers Handling, IFF Toronto 2007

Eric Rohmer was born in Nancy, France. He began his career as a literature teacher, newspaper reporter and writer, before directing his first short film, Journal d'un scélérat, in 1950. He was one of the first contributors to Cahiers du cinéma, and was its editor from 1957 to 1963. His extensive feature filmography includes La Collectionneuse, Ma Nuit chez Maud, Genou de Claire, L'Amour l'après-midi, L'Ami de mon amie, Conte d'hiver, Conte d'été, Conte d'automne.

Selected filmography:

1950 Dziennik łotra / Journal d'un scélérat (kr.m. / short film)

1959 Znak lwa / Le Signe du lion / The Sign of Leo

1969 Kolekcjonerka / La Collectionneuse / The Collector

1969 Moja noc u Maud / Ma Nuit chez Maud / My Night at Maud's

1970 Kolano Klary / Le Genou de Claire / Claire's Knee

1972 Miłość popołudniu / L'Amour l'après-midi / Love in the Afternoon

1987 Przyjaciel mojej przyjaciółki / L'Ami de mon amie / My Girlfriend's Boyfriend

1992 Opowieść zimowa / Conte d'hiver / A Winter's Tale

1996 Opowieść letnia / Conte d'été / A Summer's Tale

1998 Jesienna opowieść / Conte d'automne / Autumn Tale

2007 Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon / Romance of Astrée and Céladon

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