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A Summer's Tale @ The Gene Siskel Film Center

As several critics have noted, no filmmaker dealt with young people more perceptively than the late Eric Rohmer.  Never released theatrically in the U.S., A SUMMER'S TALE is in some ways a youthful variation on Rohmer’s 1970 masterpiece CLAIRE'S KNEE, with an uncommitted hero dallying between three women while on vacation.  Gaspard (Poupaud), a naïve math student, arrives in a Brittany seaside town to await the arrival of his girlfriend Lena.  In the meantime, he becomes involved with two other women: Margot (an enchanting performance by Amanda Langlet of Rohmer’s PAULINE AT THE BEACH), who becomes his confidante, and Solene, whose appeal is more overtly sensual.  As in CLAIRE'S KNEE and many of his other films, Rohmer (abetted by the sunny atmosphere and an attractive young cast in bathing suits) generates enormous erotic tension without resorting to explicitness.  In French with English subtitles.  (MR)

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  • Alisa

    Apologies: plans changed last minute, forgot to change RSVP

    August 25, 2014

  • Maryann

    I will not be able to make it tonight. Sorry to miss it!

    August 25, 2014

  • Chris

    Can't make it tonight, hope to make a future meet!

    August 25, 2014

  • chrissli

    Boo, work won't let me make it. Will catch on my own another time, adore Rohmer

    August 25, 2014

  • Alisa

    Movie starts @ 6 or meeting up @ 6? Thanks!

    August 25, 2014

    • Brad

      Discussion afterwards

      1 · August 25, 2014

    • Al

      Will the discussion be held at a posh resort on the Mediterranean coast, where we whimsically opine on the romance inherent in geometry?

      Emerald's would work too. 8)

      August 25, 2014

  • bee

    Super tired! But I hope I get to make it next time! I want to know the end to this film so baaaddd!

    August 25, 2014

    • Al

      SPOILER ALERT: Autumn

      August 25, 2014

  • Chelsea P.

    Hi. Is everyone meeting in the lobby? How do we find the group? I know it's not a large space.

    August 24, 2014

    • Brad

      I'll be holding a red Meetup sign, both before and after the film.

      August 24, 2014

  • Chelsea P.

    Hello! I'm looking to meet other fun individuals!

    August 24, 2014

  • Brad

    Glad to see such interest in Rohmer! Please be aware that popular screenings at the Siskel can easily sell out. To avoid this, order tickets ahead of time or show up early. You forward to seeing you all there.

    August 23, 2014

  • Paul G

    I haven't been to Siskel in years; what's the parking situation like? Recommendations?

    August 20, 2014

    • Brad

      Its in the heart of downtown, so garage parking is available, but expensive. I'd recommend using the L instead as there are a bunch of nearby stops.

      August 20, 2014

    • Paul G

      Anyone in the Elmwood Park, Oak Park, Forest Park area want to ride with me and split parking?

      August 20, 2014

  • Benjamin W.

    Can't make; watching sis

    August 19, 2014

  • Al

    Late August? Perfect timing - my paint should be dry by then.

    August 9, 2014

    • Al

      Oh, and a math student hooking up with three attractive French women? Yeah, that's definitely what happens with math students. Rohmer nailed that one - hey, are we sure this isn't a documentary?

      Snark aside, I'm looking forward to the stimulating ideas and fascinating shadings that Rohmer will be delivering to the movie, but that will be in service to a premise as "realistic" as finding out the Snowpiercer train is powered by a Hot Tub Time Machine.

      August 9, 2014

  • Tracy

    Love Rohmer, and am really looking forward to this!

    2 · July 10, 2014

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