Big World Pictures' A SUMMER'S TALE, to be Released 11/18

Big World Pictures will release on DVD (after its premiere US theatrical release) the new HD restoration of classic auteur Eric Rohmer's "A Summer's Tale" (Conte d'été) on November 18, 2014.

The third entry in the TALES OF THE FOUR SEASONS cycle-and the only one never previously released theatrically in the US-" A Summer's Tale," an unheralded classic unseen my many in the US, will now be available to Classic and French Cinephiles.

A Summer's Tale originally premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 1996. Following A TALE OF SPRINGTIME (1990) and A TALE OF WINTER (1992), A Summer's Tale resumed the cycle; AUTUMN TALE (1998) rounded out the series. Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud), a recent university graduate, arrives at the seaside in Bretagne for three weeks' vacation before starting a new job. He's hoping his sort-of girlfriend, the fickle Léna (Aurélia Nolin), will join him there; but as the days pass, he welcomes the interest of Margot (Amanda Langlet, the titular character from Rohmer's PAULINE AT THE BEACH), a student of ethnology working as a waitress for the summer. Things start to get complicated when the spoken-for Margot encourages Gaspard to have a summer romance with her friend, Solène (Gwenaëlle Simon), and he complies. When Léna turns up, and scheduling complications abound, Gaspard will have to make a choice... Rohmer's characteristically light touch allows his characters to discourse on love and friendship, even as their body language complicates and even contradicts their words.

Diane Baratier's cinematography perfectly captures the languor of youth and the feeling of a French beach vacation--the sea, the sunlight and the picturesque surroundings convey the openness of a world of possibilities faced by these young people.
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