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The Green Ray Review

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With her holiday cancelled at the last minute, a Parisian secretary (Rivière) tests the patience of her friends as she dallies over her plans. Unsure of what she wants out of life, let alone the summer, she half-heartedly accepts invitations that take her from Cherbourg to Biarritz.

★★★★

Following Parisian secretary Marie Rivière as she tries to find a worthwhile holiday spot, this is a masterclass in improvisation that also demonstrates perfectly Eric Rohmer's understanding of human nature, the modern world and the deceptive simplicity of pure cinema.

Elegant, eloquent and teeming with ideas about everything from the impermanence of romance to the summer holiday blues.

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