Rohmer and French Existentialism

This was the first Rohmer film I've seen, but it made me think of Jean Paul Sartre novels and Camus novels. Only that Rohmer's endings are happy. You could argue that Camus's novels end happy as well. But Rohmer's end with the characters getting exactly what they wanted without qualification.

Also, the characters are extremely blunt. They say what they actually feel about love. They don't evade, and they get to the bottom of things. They speak out their fantasies and indulge them. This is very un-American.

At first I thought Lea and Blanche were lesbians. I thought the boyfriends, Fabien and Alexandre, were going to fall for each other just as I thought Blanche and Lea were going to. But was I wrong!



If it really is "un-American", then it might be a good idea for American young people to watch Rohmer's films before they become caught up in stereotypes... ;)
(Just in case, to avoid any misunderstanding: the latter part doesn't refer to you, of course.)

I am glad you obviously had a very worthwhile cinematic experience.


I think the parallels to French existentialism are very exact. Even to Heidegger. This is indeed an existential film depicting agony, lightness and absurdity of being. It's a great film. I think it's best from the Comedies & Proverbs series.