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The Green Ray


“I'm not stubborn. Life is stubborn toward me"

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Possibly Eric Rohmer’s highest regarded film, the fifth in his Comedies and Proverbs series, The Green Ray is a poignant portrait of summer blues about a woman frustrated by her peers and herself, questing for good company. When her boyfriend of two years breaks up with her, introverted secretary Delphine (Marie Rivière) is horrified to find herself possibly facing summer alone. With Paris emptying for the holiday season, Delphine anxiously scrambles from Cherbourg to the Alps and beyond in search of a good crowd to pass the time. Feeling lonely among her partnered friends, frustrated with the games of singlehood and depressed in her solitude, Delphine wanders despondently in search of anything or anyone to rescue her summer.

Why You Should See This Film

Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice and featured in Hong Sang-soo and Mia Hansen-Løve’s Sight and Sound picks, The Green Ray stands tall as one of Éric Rohmer’s greatest films. Largely improvised, co-written with star Marie Rivière and shot documentary-style on stunning french locales in vibrant 16mm, Rohmer’s experiment in candidness soars as a compelling, sympathetic and at times wryly funny character study.

Éric Rohmer
Marie Rivière
99 minutes
French with English Subtitles

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