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A Tale of Springtime

After his “Six Moral Tales” and “Comedies and Proverbs,” Eric Rohmer launched a new cycle of films, “Tales of the Four Seasons,” with this characteristically masterful and low-key talkfest (1989). A young doctor of philosophy (Anne Teyssedre) spends a few days with a new friend (Florence Darel), a musician whose father (Hugues Quester) is living with a student she detests (Eloise Bennett). What seems to be slowly building toward a seduction of the philosophy teacher by the musician's father actually has more to do with the development of the friendship between the teacher and the musician, and Rohmer unravels the plot coolly and authoritatively—as usual, like the warp and woof of an 18th-century novella. This takes some time to get going, but steadily picks up interest and momentum. In French with subtitles. 112 min.

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