Kehr’s semi-Weekly Recap: The Aviator’s Wife (1980)

The Aviator's Wife (1981)

 

 

A perfect film. Eric Rohmer began his series titled “Comedies and Proverbs” with this 1980 tale of romantic entanglements, disappointments, and ever fresh possibilities, all set in a verdant Paris. Shot in 16-millimeter, the film has a simple, open visual style, yet its construction is extremely complex and pointed, as Rohmer abandons the first-person perspective of the “Six Moral Tales” in favor of an elegant, intertwining pattern of shifting points of view. The title character never appears but instead precipitates a chain of events that pull a young postal worker (Philippe Marlaud), his older girlfriend (Marie Riviere), and a teenage gamine (Anne-Laure Meury) together and apart. Charming, languorous, piercing, discreet—quintessential Rohmer, and more.

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