ⓘ A Tale of Winter

                                     

ⓘ A Tale of Winter

A Tale of Winter is a 1992 French drama film directed by Eric Rohmer, and starring Charlotte Very, Frederic van den Driessche and Michael Voletti. It is the second of Rohmers "Tales of the Four Seasons", which also include A Tale of Springtime, A Summers Tale and Autumn Tale. The film was entered into the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival.

                                     

1. Synopsis

During her summer holidays, young Felicie falls in love and has an affair with a handsome cook named Charles. He plans to leave for America at the end of the summer. Felicie gives Charles her address, hoping for further contact. Out of nervousness, she makes a mistake in the address and, consequently, he fails to find her. Five years later, Felicie is a single mother raising Charles daughter. While still hoping that one day shell meet Charles again, she maintain a normal life. As Christmas comes and goes, shes having difficulty choosing between two men she is dating, the hair dresser Maxence and the librarian Loïc, both patiently waiting for her to commit. As New Years Eve approaches, she decides that she cannot be happy with either. At the end of the film, Felicies faith in providence is rewarded when she accidentally finds Charles again and they are as passionately attracted as they were five years before. The film ends on a high note for the reunited lovers.

                                     

2. Cast

  • Claudine Paringaux as the customer
  • Charlotte Very as Felicie
  • Roger Dumas as Leontes
  • Jean-Claude Biette as Quentin
  • Haydee Caillot as Edwige
  • Ava Loraschi as Elise
  • Daniele Lebrun as Paulina
  • Herve Furic as Loïc
  • Frederic van den Driessche as Charles
  • Rosette as the sister
  • Jean-Luc Revol as the brother-in-law
  • Marie Riviere as Dora
  • Michel Voletti as Maxence
  • Christiane Desbois as Felicies mother
  • Diane Lepvrier as Hermione
                                     

3. Reception

Review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes reports 95% approval among 20 critics, with an average rating of 7.9/10. Film critic Roger Ebert added A Tale of Winter to his Great Movies series in 2001, writing, "What pervades Rohmers work is a faith in love--or, if not love, then in the right people finding each other for the right reasons. There is sadness in his work but not gloom."