Sunday, 25 March 2012
Summer/The Green Ray 
Summer, also referred to as The Green Ray, was the penultimate film in Eric Rohmer’s “Comedies et Proverbes” series. Like most of his films, this too wasn’t plot-centric or laden with heavy symbolisms; rather, the simple storyline concerns matters of the heart – the journey of an idealistic girl in search of true love. Delphine (Marie Riviere) is a deeply unhappy soul who is facing a series of heartbreaks as much for her quest for love as for her eccentric and irrational nature. She is hell-bent on going for a nice vacation during the summer, but the fact that she doesn’t have company to share her time with has further compounded her mental agony. She is also recovering from being jilted by her fiancé, and these all have reduced her to the mental state of a teenage girl. Rohmer provided us with a nicely constructed resolution to the protagonist’s sadness and pain which managed to be simplicity and subtlety personified. However, despite the fame preceding it, I found this to be one of the lesser films of his oeuvre vis-à-vis those I’ve seen so far, as most of its length seemed to be devoted to exploring and portraying certain facets of Delphine’s character and her psyche that could have perhaps been achieved without devoting so many irreverent incidents to that end – rather, the vacation that she finally decides to take and the ensuing incidents there could have been devoted greater screen-time to. Nonetheless, it did manage to succinctly capture the perils, spiritual loneliness and heartbreaks that come with modern urban life, as well as the little joys that, despite their ephemeral nature, make life worth living.
Director: Eric Rohmer
Genre: Drama/Romance/Psychological Drama