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|A GOOD MARRIAGE (LE BEAU MARIAGE) (director/writer: Eric Rohmer; cinematographers: Bernard Lutic/Romain Winding/Nicolas Brunet; editors: Cecile Decugis/Lisa Heredia; music: Ronan Girre/Simon des Innocents; cast: Béatrice Romand (Sabine), André Dussollier (Edmond), Féodor Atkine (Simon), Arielle Dombasle (Clarisse), Huguette Faget (Antique dealer), Thamila Mezbah (Mother of Sabine), Sophie Renoir (Lise); Runtime: 97; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Margaret Menegoz; Fox Lorber; 1982-)|
the kind of soft film that Chabrol would turn into a
smearing the bourgeois lifestyle."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Eric Rohmer ("My Night at Maud's"/"Claire's Knee"/"Pauline at the Beach") is writer-director in the second of his series of 'Comedies and Proverbs.' It's a slight but charming comedy of manners, that plays out as a moral cautionary tale in regards to an ideal marriage--with the filmmaker determined to show that you can't force love (marriage) through an act of will. The irony for its free-spirited heroine, Sabine (Béatrice Romand), is that she's seeking to be liberated by choosing to be locked into an old-fashioned marriage.
Sabine is an immature
25-year-old art history student, who lives in Le Mans
with her widowed
Mezbah) and her more sociable younger sister Lise
works as a
salesgirl in the local antique shop, but will soon
quit that job over a
spat with the owner. The impetuous Sabine breaks up
with her married
artist lover (Féodor Atkine) and tells her happily
married nosy artist
best friend Clarisse (Arielle
wants to get
married. At a wedding reception, Sabine meets
bachelor cousin. He's a wealthy and handsome
with her feminine
wiles sets out to snare the unwilling prize as her
husband. The busy
lawyer never develops any chemistry with the
Sabine, and she ends up being humiliated upon his
rejection. But the
confused young lady quickly rebounds, as we last see
her on a train
being eyeballed by a handsome young man.
It's a typical Rohmer
so it's talky. How insightful it is, is debatable. But
amusing and endearing. It's the kind of soft film that
turn into a thriller, while smearing the bourgeois
REVIEWED ON 6/7/2010 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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