Melnitz Movies Presents
In The Shadow of Young Girls in Bloom: Female Adolescence on Film
PAULINE AT THE BEACH (1983)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
Tuesday, March 31st at 7:30 PM at The James Bridges Theater
“Rohmer builds a fearsome (yet lovely) symmetry, only to construct another, softer fiction behind it; the result is a film of devastating irony and deep compassion.” -- Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader
Pauline at the Beach, a romance set at a Normandy resort town, bears overtones of Henry James: it pivots on the fifteen-year-old title character’s view of her adult cousin (Arielle Dombasle), who, in turn, is looking out for her young ward. The subject is love; the object is men; the atmosphere, linguistic; the mode, dialectical; and the bonds that are made and unmade follow the characters’ reasoned explanations and justifications with a precision that...