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Pauline at the Beach (1983)

Cast: Amanda Langlet, Arielle Dombasle, Pascal Greggory, more...
Director: Eric Rohmer
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Foreign, France
Running Time: 95 min.
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Pauline a la Plage is the third of French filmmaker Eric Rohmer's "Comedies et Proverbes." Pauline (Amanda Langlet) is the teen-aged cousin of the seemingly more worldly and sensible Marion (Arielle Dombasle). Both girls become entwined in amorous escapades while vacationing at the beach. It gradually develops that Marion is the one least capable of handling herself, while Pauline grows in maturity from her summertime experiences. It is nothing short of amazing how Eric Rohmer can take the most conventional and obvious of material and weave something as charming and profound as Pauline at the Beach. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Sexy fun! by groovejude July 29, 2013 - 11:50 AM PDT
One of Rohmer's best. Through the lives of three men and three women, the unpredictability and pitfalls of romance are examined. The desires and perspectives of youth (teenagers) are juxtaposed with those of more experienced adults, love is contrasted with lust, and the hopeful expectations of the man or woman searching for true love are viewed through the eyes of the well-intentioned romantic, the womanizer, and the free-spirited woman.

In the end, it seems that no one really gets what he or she wants, as the film leaves everyone in a "Fox vs. the Grapes" frame of mind, ready to take on love's next adventure. That's what makes this comedy so true to life: Do any of us, regardless of age, really know what love is all about? If so, are we willing to pay the price? Highly recommended.

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