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Eric Rohmer's Lovely 'A Summer's Tale' Finally Arrives on the Big Screen

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 30, 2014 at 4:33PM

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.
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'A Summer's Tale'
'A Summer's Tale'

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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.