The seasons may change, but the follies of the heart are constant in this ineffably lovely quartet of films by Eric Rohmer, one of cinema’s most perceptive chroniclers of the pangs and perils of romance. Set throughout France, Tales of the Four Seasons is a cycle to stand alongside the director’s two earlier acclaimed film series, Six Moral Tales and Comedies and Proverbs. By turns comic and melancholic, breezy and richly philosophical, these bittersweet tales of love, longing, and the inevitable misunderstandings that shape human relationships probe the most complex of emotions with the utmost grace.
Directed by Eric Rohmer • 1990 • France
Starring Anne Teyssèdre, Hugues Quester, Florence Darel
In the first film of Tales of the Four Seasons, a burgeoning friendship between philosophy teacher Jeanne (Anne Teyssèdre) and pianist Natacha (Florence Darel) is strained by jealousy, suspicion, and ...
Directed by Eric Rohmer • 1996 • France
Starring Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Gwenaëlle Simon
According to Eric Rohmer, the third film of Tales of the Four Seasons is his “most personal vehicle.” Based on events from Rohmer’s youth, A TALE OF SUMMER follows amateur musician Gaspard (Melvil Po...
Directed by Eric Rohmer • 1998 • France
Starring Marie Rivière, Béatrice Romand, Alain Libolt
The concluding installment of the Tales of the Four Seasons tetralogy is a breezy take on the classic American romantic comedies that influenced Eric Rohmer and his New Wave peers. Set in the Rhône Vall...