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      The Aviator's Wife

      PG Released Mar 4, 1981 1h 45m Comedy Drama List
      82% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 84% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings A Parisian schoolgirl (Anne-Laure Meury) tags along with a postal clerk (Philippe Marlaud) who thinks his lover (Marie Rivière) has another lover. Read More Read Less

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      Bruce McCabe Boston Globe Eric Rohmer's The Aviator's Wife returns him to form as a master of the wry, witty, ironic and indefatigably cerebral detective story of the emotions. Apr 27, 2018 Full Review Richard Brody New Yorker In astute, luminous jaunts through city streets and parks, Rohmer constructs an exquisite web of coincidences that he elevates into a sort of destiny. Apr 20, 2015 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times It also contains a wonderful, quiet wit, and a view of its characters that could be called affectionate anthropology, Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 15, 2006 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Éric Rohmer's 'The Aviator's Wife' is one of his most purely enjoyable films, based around a simple premise and building its interesting relationships from it. Rated: 4/4 Feb 20, 2024 Full Review CJ Sheu Review Film Review [T]hough the meandering has a certain (non-whimsical) charm, and [Anne-Laure] Meury [as Lucie] is innocently captivating, the film takes too long to reveal its coherence. Oct 19, 2020 Full Review Jesús Fernández Santos El Pais (Spain) Everything is told in such a sincere and direct way. Despite its conventionalism, the film becomes a mirror of a complex couple in an omnipresent Paris. [Full Review in Spanish] Aug 20, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      william k This Eric Rohmer drama about love and relationships is simply made (on 16mm) and is mainly centered on the conversations and stories that the protagonists tell each other than on a full narrative. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A charming slice of young Parisian life and love. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member just OK not my fave Rohmer pic Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Rohmer's films are pragmatic works of anthropology that examine the complexity of human love with quiet wit and personal affection. The Aviator's Wife is one of these films, and while his passive direction and thinly written script may not strike everyone as appealing, it's undoubtedly a clever study in jealousy and what it does to us. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Another great script and casting by auteur Rohmer. "Personally I like life most when it's like a novel." Anne-Laure Meury--what a charmer! Her performance alone makes this worth watching. The actress was only 16 when this was filmed though seems more like 18. So deliciously demonstrative she steals every scene. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Now I can safely deem I have reached an approximate age to watch Rohmer's canon, mid-30s is a ripe age to broach more cerebral film viewing activities, so my first and random pick is THE AVIATOR'S WIFE, Rohmer's first part of Comedies et Proverbes (6 parts in all) series. The film is capsulized in one-day's span, Francois (Marlaud), a young student whose night shift makes the relationship with his girlfriend Anne (Rivière) in strain, after witnessing Anne left with her ex-lover Christian (Carrière) from her apartment in the morning, and later a sour altercation with Anne, a jealousy-driven Francois compulsively follows Christian and his blonde companion (Caillot), and by happenstance he meets a 15-year-old schoolgirl Lucie (Meury), the two improvise an amateurish but perky private detective team until they find out Christian goes to visit a lawyer. After Lucie departs, Francois visits a stress-inflicted Anne, it seems they reconcile and Francois figures out who the blonde is. When the night falls, Anne is out for an exhausting date and Francois accidentally finds Lucie kiss another boy, so he sends a postcard to her and put a closure to their stalking adventure, the story ends. There is no big twist or melodramatic plots in Rohmer's film, he masterfully recounts the dribs and drabs of emotions pestering one's relationship and daily lives, visceral and empathetic, he unerringly captures the quirks and fluctuations of the characters he writes, no larger-than-life frills, everything returns to an authentic basis which reflects its transfixing mojo, for example, the intricate discovery of the blonde's identity is casually schemed, but never condescending or audience-pandering, truth reveals itself in its most trivial form, also in the park, when Lucie intends to take a Polaroid from two tourists, it is lifelikeness never feel redundant in spite of its overlong progress which would be trimmed in most cinematic presentations, but Rohmer is confident to let his audience to savor the subtle interactions among the players and keeps it vibrant. The sad trivia of the cast is Marlaud would soon die in a tragic camping tent fire accident after completing this film, he was only 22, in the film he interprets a sensitive and diffident boy, who is smitten with Anne, an independent working girl 5 years older than him, their on-and-off rapport is under close scrutiny, and Rivière takes on a more difficult role and dominates the screen especially during her expository declaration of her credo in self-reliance in her tiny apartment. Meury is a delight in the midstream, maybe too quick-witted for a 15-year-old, but her natural self-confidence could easily win audiences over. The titular wife only exists as a glimpse on a picture, whose backstory would illicit another film feature to expound an existential individual's philosophical quandary about affection and compromise. Sadly, there is no Rohmer in this world anymore. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A Parisian schoolgirl (Anne-Laure Meury) tags along with a postal clerk (Philippe Marlaud) who thinks his lover (Marie Rivière) has another lover.
      Éric Rohmer
      Margaret Ménégoz
      Éric Rohmer
      New Yorker Films, Fox Lorber
      Production Co
      Les Films du Losange
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      French (France)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 4, 1981, Original
      1h 45m
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