Pauline at the Beach


One of Eric Rohmer’s best-loved films, this sneakily profound summer entertainment follows fifteen year-old Pauline as she gets pulled into the romantic games and deceits of her adult friends over a brief stay on the Norman coast. While Rohmer mines every mix-up and confrontation of bedroom farce to examine love from every angle, his ultimate goal is to sing the praises of youthful candor. That sprightly enthusiasm carries through into the film’s sunny images, shot by the great Nestor Almendros and featuring a who’s who of Rohmer regulars looking alluring in their eighties bathing suits.