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Boyfriends and Girlfriends


“I want to be loved for who I am, not who I pretend to be"

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The sixth and final entry in Éric Rohmer’s Comedies and Proverbs series, Boyfriends and Girlfriends is a playful, vibrant and charming test of the adage ‘the friend of my friend is my friend’. Settling into her comfortable office job in the trendy new town of Cergy-Pontoise near Paris, the bashful Blanche (Emmanuelle Chaulet) runs into the free-spirited student Léa (Sophie Renoir) at lunch one day. Quickly becoming good friends, the pair explore their clean-cut modern city, discussing their relationships and desires. While awkwardly testing the waters with a handsome acquaintance named Alexandre (François-Éric Gendron), Blanche finds herself getting along with Léa’s boyfriend Fabien (Éric Viellard), striking up a friendship that threatens to become something more.

Why You Should See This Film

Éric Rohmer’s portrait of yuppie culture sits somewhere between a witty stab at its shallowness and an aesthetic amorousness for the architecture, fashion and orderliness of modernity. A film of popping colours and deceptively simple compositions, Boyfriends and Girlfriends seduces the eye before utilising its palette to contrive one of our favourite moments in cinema. You’ll know it when you see it.

Éric Rohmer
Emmanuelle Chaulet, Sophie Renoir, Anne-Laure Meury, François-Éric Gendron, Éric Viellard
103 minutes
French with English Subtitles

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