Magazine article Screen International

Rohmer in Paris

Magazine article Screen International

Rohmer in Paris

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Dir: Richard Misek. UK. 2013. 72mins

A thoughtful, insightful and gently engaging ambulation through Paris as seen through the eyes of French director Eric Rohmer, Richard Misek's smartly constructed film is an amiable pleasure, and while perhaps too slight to receive a theatrical release it could well appeal to broadcasters and - more especially - cinematheque and festival programmers.

It is a fascinating journey through a changing city.

The film is no simple biography, instead Misek takes a cinephiles journey through Paris, with the film almost entirely made up of extracts from Rohmer's Paris-set films as well as a brief few scenes in the countryside and by the sea. It allows a historical and cultural snapshot of the city, all essentially viewed though Rohmer's Nouvelle Vague prism.

Rather engagingly Misek starts off his film with an accidental encounter. One spring day in 1994 Rohmer was making Rendezvous In Paris and Misek happened to stroll across a shot. …

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