Pauline At The Beach

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  • Rohmer Gives Us a Delictable Morsel
    Pauline at the Beach was part of Eric Rohmer's Comedies et Proverbes series. Each film explores relationships between men and women. This is a piece of fluff. But that is not a negative. This piece of fluff is truly delicious and a tasty morsel to be relished.

    Pauline is a school girl who is finishing her summer holiday with her cousin Marion at a family seaside cottage. Marion is a fashion designer whose marriage has failed.

    On their first day on the beach they meet Pierre, an old flame of Marion's and Henri a casual acquaintance of Pierre. Henri is also divorced and has a young daughter Marie.

    Pierre invites all to dinner at his place. This scene is very important as each describes love and this is how the rest of the film is set in motion. Marion equates fidelity with true love. Pierre feels that true love must be eternal. Pauline feels that you must know the other person before you can fall in love. Henri believes that love is only in the present.

    They all go dancing and Pierre lets Marion know that he is still in love with her but she lets him know that she loves him as a friend. At the end of the evening, Marion invites Henri back to her place. The next day Pierre is teaching Marion to windsurf and Pauline meets a boy her own age, Sylvan.

    It doesn't take long for Henri to show his true colors when Marion and Pauline are away on a day trip, he finds another woman to play with him. He is almost caught by Marion but tells her that Sylvan and the woman were together. This leads to mass misunderstandings and everyone unhappy, well except Henri. In the end, Pauline finds out the truth but decides to let the lying dogs lay.

    There is no real depth to the story but there is depth to direction and a marvelous cast.

    DVD EXTRAS: None
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  • Bravo MGM!
    An absolutely perfect job. The pristine transfer shows this film in a comepletely new light. The colors are vibrant, lending a real "summer" feel to the movie. There is not a hint of dirt or damage to the film. It looks like a new transfer was struck for this DVD. You have the choice of English, French, and Spanish subtitles which could also be shut off completely if desired. After many poor DVD transfers of Rohmer films, we finally have one that is worthy of such a fine director. Let's hope his other titles eventually get this same treatment....more info
  • Very frightening censorship! Has '1984' already happened?
    'Wag the dog' was a film that everybody thought was just another comedy, more or less. This edition of 'Pauline at the Beach' may make some people think otherwise (provided they read this review).
    Towards the end of the first quarter of the film, Pauline wanders around the house and steps up to a window and peeks in. There she sees her older female friend lying stark naked in the arms of a man Pauline also knows. You see a full frontal nudity in the film here - that is, if you saw the film when it premiered in Europe, as I did.
    On this DVD however, you will see a blanket covering the lower halves of the bodies, taking away all the impact of the scene. Now, that would not be so terrible if the cover-up was obvious. It would still be sad because of the censorship, but it would not be so frigtening as this is: BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY OF TELLING THAT THERE IS A CENSORSHIP HERE! The blanket fits perfectly into the picture and had I not remembered this scene in particular ..... , I would never have suspected any foul play here.
    The film is not without interest anyway and, low and behold, there is another full frontal in it - so why did thet cover up this one. Did some rich and influential american mary the actress in question or what is goin on.
    Other censorship, like the omitting of a very funny nude scene in 'There was a Crooked Man (with H. Fonda and K. Douglas)', in which the riot scene when the convicts brake out from the wall of the prison and chases the society woman, whom the have stripped (off-screen) and who, by now, is nude and fleeing - everything filmed from far away as not to be speculative but still possible to make out - when such a scene is just cut out of the film, you still know what's going on somehow. But this is something quite different! It's really exceptionally foul play.
    I shudder at what will be happening in the future. ........more info
  • A Comedy of Romantic Jostling at the Beach
    "Pauline at the Beach" is a fun comedy of errors set along the beaches of western Normandy in the early 1980s.

    Pauline (played by Amanda Langlet) is a fifteen-year old spending part of her summer vacation with her gorgeous, divorced cousin Marion (played by Arielle Dombasle) at a home loaned by Marion's brother. Pauline wants to make friends and has never been in love before. Marion believes love erupts passionately and spontaneously. Both are in for adventures.

    Graduate student Pierre (played by Pascal Greggory) still carries a torch for Marion from the days before she married five years ago. Meanwhile, he wants to teach Pauline and Marion wind surfing. Divorced ethnologist Henri (played by Feodor Atkine) shows up and attracts Marion. Sylvain (played by Simon de La Brosse) is a local guy Pauline's age who takes an interest in her. There is a strolling vendor of peanuts and candy, Louisette, who is extra friendly with Henri, but is there a connection with Sylvain too? Just how well do you have to know someone before falling in love? All the makings of conflict and misunderstanding are there. Both Pauline and Marion learn to manage their interpretations and feelings.

    The movie moves along nicely, although there are some reasonably interesting stops for discussion of the values and expectations of falling in love. The actors all do a good job, especially Dombasle and de La Brosse. Marion and Louisette have nude scenes; all characters have bathing suit scenes. The photography and direction are fine.

    The main negative is the lack of a commentary track or other features, other than the original trailer and a few other MGM trailers. There is no paper insert with chapter titles. The movie is in monaural French with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles....more info

  • Pauline at the Beach
    One of Eric Rohmer's most enjoyable meditations on love and its discontents, "Pauline" is abetted by the presence of Langlet, an endearing and assured young actress. Rohmer takes his time observing his five characters and lets us get to know their (often deceptive) behavior, a tack that works wonders in his lively world of erotic farce. Jealousy, indiscretion, and human foibles are the thematic materials Rohmer works with here, all of which enmesh vain Marion in a love triangle of sorts, but it's young Pauline who seems to have the best head on her shoulders when it comes to sex and relationships. Smart, funny, insightful, and yes, tr¨¦s sexy....more info
  • One of Rohmer's best films, and the true nature of love...
    "Pauline At The Beach" (1983) is an interesting film that you are likely to enjoy, even if you are not one of Eric Rohmer's fans. If you are already an admirer, though, you will simply love this movie, due to the fact that it displays the reason why Rohmer is such a respected director.

    Before talking about this film, a short introduction to Rohmer for those that are not familiar with him is in order. Rohmer (Jean Marie Maurice Sch¨¦rer, born in 1920 in France) is part of "La Nouvelle Vague" (= "The new wave"), a movement that says that the director is an "author" and that as such, his personal signature is evident in his work. Among the most well-known films of this French director, there is a cycle of films called "Six Moral Tales", a series called "Comedies and Proverbs" (in which each film is based on a different proverb), and a third series entitled "Tales of the Four Seasons".

    "Pauline At The Beach" (= "Pauline ¨¤ la plage"?) is the third film in the "Comedies and Proverbs" series, and the proverb around which it is centered is "Qui trop parole, il se mesfait". The plot is not difficult to follow, but it is interesting, specially if you pay close attention to the dialogues among the characters, a Rohmer trademark.

    The main character is Pauline (Amanda Langlet), a young teenager that goes to the beach with Marion (Arielle Dombasle), a relative that has divorced recently and is ready for something new, in other words an affair. Pierre (Pascal Greggory), an old acquaintance and Henri (Feodor Atkine), a newcomer, vie for Marion's attention. Pauline thinks that Pierre is the right one for her cousin, but Marion has other ideas, preferring Henri. Henri is not as smitten with her as Pierre, but that, and the fact that he remains elusive, are part of his attraction from Marion's point of view. Pauline will also meet a young boy, Sylvain (Simon de La Brosse), with whom she begins something resembling a relationship. But how will her cousin's love life affect her own? And will their differing views regarding love affect their new relationships?

    The dialogue about the true nature of love among Pauline, Marion, Pierre and Henry is one of the highlights of this film. The undercurrents between the older characters are deep, and in that sense, Pauline directness is refreshing. This dialogue also allows the spectator to get at least an idea of how things are going to end for each of the characters, even though, of course, there are some unexpected surprises.

    All in all, I think this is one of Rohmer's best films, along with "A summer tale", "A winter tale" and "Boyfriends and girlfriends". Highly recommended!

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  • A very intelligent movie
    This is a movie where there is no action, rather we are the fly on the wall and we listen in to conversations. The main character in the movie is Pauline, a teenager, vacationing at the beach with her older cousin. The older cousin is married, but not happily married. During their vacation, they meet some men, have conversations about life, and love. We see relationships develop, others fall apart, some tell the truth, and others lie. What this film illustrates, in such a subtle way, is the people who are honest are the ones who are the most happy. Those who lie to others, or to themselves, seem stuck in a melancholic exsistance. By the end of the movie, it turns out the teenage girl is the one who is the wisest of them all.

    The DVD has good picture quality, as good as from any movie made in the 1980's I have seen. You can turn the subtitles on or off, unlike some DVDs that burn the subtitles into the picture....more info


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