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Full Moon in Paris
     

Full Moon in Paris

Director: Eric Rohmer,

Cast: Eric Rohmer, Pascale Ogier, Fabrice Luchini, Tchéky Karyo

 

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A young woman looks for the true meaning of love and learns the truth of the old saw, "You don't know what you've got until it's gone," in this fourth installment in Eric Rohmer's Comedies and Proverbs series. The story opens with the proverb, "He who has two women loses his soul. He who has two houses loses his mind," and centers on Louise (Pascale Ogier) and

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A young woman looks for the true meaning of love and learns the truth of the old saw, "You don't know what you've got until it's gone," in this fourth installment in Eric Rohmer's Comedies and Proverbs series. The story opens with the proverb, "He who has two women loses his soul. He who has two houses loses his mind," and centers on Louise (Pascale Ogier) and her live-in lover, Remi (Tchéky Karyo), a Paris architect and noted tennis player. Their relationship hits an important juncture when Remi decides he wants to get married, while Louise wants to continue living the life of a party girl. Eventually, Louise decides to escape her lover's oppression and become intimate with loneliness, so she moves to Paris where she makes complex plans to have her cake and eat it too. Unfortunately, things don't go exactly as planned as she finds herself the object of an amiable writer's affections.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
One of Eric Rohmer's bleaker efforts, Full Moon in Paris is a wry, ironic and insightful comedy with a melancholy streak and a feeling of unspecified disaster lurking underneath the surface. One of Rohmer's most lyrical efforts, much of the film seems to float along, mirroring Louise's somewhat directionless but intuitive questing. Rohmer uses his camera to visually capture the cold, sterile existence that Louise wishes to flee (and also secretly wishes to embrace); the first moment of the film is a tracking shot that roams over an unattractively anonymous suburban setting and comes to a halt when it focuses on Louise's undistinguished but vaguely off-putting house. Throughout, Rohmer shows the audience barren landscapes and hollow urban architecture that contribute to the unsettling feel of the film. As always, his script offers much more in the way of suggestion than explanation, allowing the audience to examine the characters from their own perspectives, and giving the actors freedom to create characters with a full inner life, without worrying about explaining that inner life to viewers. Pascale Ogier turns in a beautifully realized performance, capturing the complexity of the character perfectly and creating a Louise that is at turns engaging and alienating. (Ogier also designed the film's distinctive physical look.) She is well matched by Fabrice Luchini, whose performance sparkles with subtle humor. A gem of a picture, Full Moon would be followed by Rohmer's equally delicious but atmospherically different Summer.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2015
UPC:
0857692005352
Original Release:
1984
Source:
Film Movement
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
42,140

Special Features

Closed Caption; Archival interview with Pascale Ogier ; New essay by film critic David Thomson

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Full Moon in Paris
1. Two Houses [7:21]
2. Not Grown Up Yet [13:36]
3. Bad For Training [7:46]
4. The Ultimate [12:34]
5. Staying In [8:02]
6. Bullseye [11:27]
7. Sheer Curiosity [6:30]
8. Are You Free? [9:26]
9. Precise Tastes [7:26]
10. Just In Time [9:44]
11. Even Now [7:24]
12. Credits [:29]

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