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Eric Rohmer


La première fois que j'ai vu un film d'Eric Rohmer au cinéma, c'était L'ami de mon amie. Si je m'en souviens bien, ça se déroulait dans une ville nouvelle d'Ile de France, on parlait beaucoup de choses banales, il se passait peu et j'y trouvais très peu d'intérêt (un peu plus qu'Elspeth, par contre). Franchement c'était barbant. Plus tard j'ai essayé Pauline à la Plage où l'intrigue prenait une place un peu plus importante et où les belles images du caméraman Nestor Almendros font penser à toutes nos plus belles vacances passées au bord de la mer. (Les films de Rohmer sont pleins de dialogues sur des sujets relativement banals.) J'ai même montré ce film à mes élèves des Sixth Form qui l'ont trouvé pas mal (mais pas mieux).

C'est en regardant Conte d'Eté que j'ai vraiment commencé à apprécier l'art de Rohmer. Les acteurs dans ses films sont souvent inconnus, souvent non-professionnels, souvent jeunes. Rohmer aime analyser les relations entre les gens et les subtiles motivations des personnages. Il entre dans le détail du comportement, des sentiments et des mots. Des fois il se moque légèrement de ses personnages (c'est le cas de Pauline à la Plage), mais la plupart du temps c'est au spectateur de goûter les faiblesses, les petits plaisirs et les problèmes quotidiens de ses personnages. Ce sont des films qui vous récompensent de votre patience. On en trouve peu de ce genre.

Bref, j'ai décidé de me relancer dans les films de Rohmer et j'ai commandé deux coffrets DVD: les "Comédies et Proverbes" et les "Contes des Saisons". Mon fils, amateur de films et élève de terminale, pourra les regarder avec moi, tout en révisant son français.


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