A Summer's Tale

Conte d'été

Film poster
Directed by Éric Rohmer
Produced by Françoise Etchegaray
Margaret Ménégoz
Written by Éric Rohmer
Starring Melvil Poupaud
Music by Philippe Eidel
Sébastien Erms
Cinematography Diane Baratier
Edited by Mary Stephen
Distributed by Les Films du Losange
Release dates
5 June 1996 (1996-06-05)
Running time
113 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $198,126[1]

A Summer's Tale (French: Conte d'été) is a 1996 French romance film directed by Éric Rohmer. It is the third film in his Contes des quatre saisons (Tales of the Four Seasons) series, which includes A Tale of Springtime (1990), Conte d'été, Autumn Tale (1998), and A Tale of Winter (1992). Conte d'été stars Melvil Poupaud, Amanda Langlet, Aurélia Nolin, and Gwenaëlle Simon.

The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


Gaspard, the main character, arrives on holiday in Dinard, a small Breton seaside resort. He awaits his girlfriend, Lena, who does not arrive. Only a short while after this, he crosses paths with the waitress Margot, and they develop a strong friendship; Gaspard also has a fling with Solène, Margot's adventure-seeking friend. Lena eventually does turn up, and by this time, Gaspard has become attached to all three women.

Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud) is a young mathematician/musician vacationing by the seaside in Brittany, France before starting a new job. The film covers roughly three weeks in his life and introduces us to the trio of women he encounters during that time. First is Margot (Amanda Langlet), a cheerful waitress who enjoys spending time with Gaspard, but isn't interested in more than a friendship. Solene (Gwenaëlle Simon) is more affectionate and sensual - she's willing to have a relationship with Gaspard if he will commit to only her. Then there's Lena (Aurelia Nolin), Gaspard's longtime semi-girlfriend whose ambiguous romantic attitude towards him keeps him in a state of permanent consternation. As the summer wears on, Gaspard finds himself increasingly torn between the three women, finding each the most appealing when he's with her, and recognizing that the day is fast approaching when he will have to choose.[3]



  1. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=asummerstale.htm
  2. "Festival de Cannes: A Summer's Tale". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-09-19.
  3. Berardinelli, James (2000). "A Summer's Tale (Conte d'été)", Reelviews. Retrieved 2014-06-21.

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