Eric Rohmer's 2nd Moral Tale
-->Possible moral topic(s) treated: Love triangles.
More complex than the previous moral tale, Rohmer's 16 mm black-and-white lens seems more reminiscent from the cinéma verité of John Cassavetes (Shadows ) than a participant of the New Wave movement, employing impressionistic French locations and unskilled actors with an environment devoid of any music. Moments, people and thoughts are what matter here, not style, or even the plot. Although the emotional evolvement of the characters has increased in difficulty and depth, the delivery is less inspired and convincing than the simplicity of The Girl at the Monceau Bakery (1963).
Still, the most wonderful stunt is to transform the idea of a love triangle that seemingly originated from…