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During summer vacation, three women compete for the attention of a self-absorbed young troubadour, in the third of Rohmer’s Tales of the Seasons.
The third part of Rohmer’s seasonal quartet is “the toughest, softest, sexiest and most concrete film of the four” (Max Nelson, Film Comment). A rare male protagonist in late Rohmer, Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud) is a thin, self-absorbed young man with a mop of dark curls who arrives with his guitar in the northern port of Dinard on vacation. After loitering soulfully for days awaiting an old flame who doesn’t turn up (just yet), he finds his romantic life suddenly in overdrive as three women compete for his attention: a sweet-natured ethnology student; a teasing sensualist who insists on propriety; and, finally arrived, his former girlfriend, who tries to rekindle their relationship. Gaspard is decidedly not “de la nuit,” as Rohmer bathes the boy’s romantic pursuits in crisp Breton sunshine, the clarity of the summer light mocking the would-be playboy as he becomes increasingly entangled in his own lies. “Sublime!… Think of it as a thriller by Hitchcock — a Rohmer favorite — only with words, not knives, that cut straight to the heart” (Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York).