The second installment of Eric Rohmer's "Comedies and Proverbs" is, like The Aviator's Wife, a study in destructive imagination and the limitations of personal perspectives—which is to say that the characters talk as much as they did in the "Six Moral Tales," but no one really hears what they're saying. Obsession meets indifference in the form of a young art student (Beatrice Romand) who is determined to leave the bohemian life and marry a successful lawyer (Andre Dussollier). The lawyer, however, has not been informed of her plans. The humor exists on a very fine line between sharp satire and acute embarrassment, yet Rohmer is never cruel to his aggravating heroine; a comedy in the classic sense, this 1982 film charts her redemption. In French with subtitles.
By Dave Kehr