Eric Rohmer's films that managed to get by me in its theatrical debut, A TALE OF WINTER is surely one of this master's best -- for folk who love listening to intelligent dialog, often in argument form, about some of life's great mysteries, in this case love and faith. Whatever your personal take on the latter (mine is agnostic), the joy of the late M. Rohmer can be found in how he gives most of his characters the opportunity to talk (and talk and talk) about how they feel and think, on whatever subject, as honestly as possible. In these days of less and less intelligent talk in films, this is bracing and often thrilling.
Charlotte Véry) is now seen five years later, embroiled in relationships with two different men, neither of them who seem particularly suitable for Félicie. Plus, she has a little five-year-old daughter (played by a charmer and one-film wonder named Ava Loraschi, above, center).
Hervé Furic, above, and Michel Voletti, below), and our vote would go to M. Furic to gain Félicie's hand, as his conversation is a hell of a lot more interesting that that of M. Voletti, who plays a hairdresser.
Big World Pictures and running 114 minutes -- hits the street on DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, April 14.