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Full Moon in Paris

Rated R 101 minutes 1984

Eric Rohmer's shift from a subjective to an objective viewpoint for his “Comedies and Proverbs” series brought with it a gradual darkening of tone: his characters no longer live in a world colored by their personal attitudes and expectations, but are trapped in a universe that blankly refuses to take their desires into account. Full Moon in Paris (1984), the fourth in the series, is bleaker than any of its predecessors: the heroine (Pascale Ogier) lives with a lover in the suburbs of Paris, but takes a small apartment in town as a way of asserting her freedom. But no one is truly free in the network of relationships Rohmer sketches around her, and by asserting her independence she upsets the delicate equilibrium that has provided her with a measure of happiness. With Fabrice Luchine (Rohmer's Perceval), Tcheky Karyo, and Christian Vadim.

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