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Big screen classics

The Green Ray

Le Rayon vert

Rohmer’s evocative portrait of a woman undecided about how to holiday – and how to find happiness.

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France 1986
Dir Eric Rohmer
With Marie Rivière, Vincent Gauthier, Carita, Béatrice Romand
English subtitles
Certificate 12A

Refusing to spend her August holidays in Paris, Delphine (Rivière) samples a range of summer destinations, but whether she’s alone or with friends, none satisfies... Rohmer’s indecisive protagonist suffers confusion, frustration and loneliness, yet still dreams of finding happiness. Completely improvised (though it doesn’t look it), the film is a quiet miracle of realist observation, philosophical reflection and profoundly affecting human compassion.

Also available on BFI Player

The screening on Wed 4 Sep will be introduced by Geoff Andrew, programmer-at-large.


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