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A hairdresser sets out to find the lover who left her pregnant after a summer fling, in Rohmer’s exquisite comedy of coincidence and kismet.
Critics consider this comedy of coincidence and kismet one of Rohmer’s most exquisite — Roger Ebert accorded it one of his “Great Movie” laurels and Jonathan Rosenbaum proclaimed it “a nearly perfect work.” Through a silly mistake, a hairdresser named Félicie (Charlotte Véry) loses track of the lover who left her pregnant on summer vacation. Though involved with two other men, a librarian and another coiffeur, Félicie still longs for the lost “great love” of her life, and Rohmer generates both amorous and spiritual suspense from her quest to find him. Several strange turns of events — including a visit to a cathedral in the town of Nevers (a nod to Resnais’ Hiroshima mon amour?) and an epiphany she experiences while watching the final scene of the Shakespeare play that gives the film its title — finally allow Félicie a reconciliation with her past. “Rohmer at his very best…. It has, as ever, enormous compassion, wit and insight, and its ending is exquisitely affecting” (Geoff Andrew, Time Out).