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Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon

Romance of Astrea and Celadon
Gli Amori di Astrea e Celadon

France/Italy / Spain 2007
produced by
Francoise Etchegaray, Philippe Liégeois, Jean-Michel Rey for Compagnie Eric Rohmer, Rézo Productions, BIM Distribuzione, Alta Producción, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC)
directed by Eric Rohmer
starring Andy Gillet, Sttéphanie Crayencour, Cécile Cassel, Véronique Reymond, Rosette, Jocelyn Quivrin, Mathilde Mosnier, Rodolphe Pauly, Serge Renko, Arthur Dupont, Priscilla Galland, Olivier Blond, Alexandre Everest, Fanny Vambacas, Caroline Blotière, Alain Libolt, Marie Rivière
screenplay by Eric Rohmer, based on the novel L'Astrée by Honoré d'Urfé, music by Jean-Louis Valéro

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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France, time of the Romans and Gauls - even if some sets suggest otherwise: Shepherdess Astrée (Stéphanie Crayencour) thinks her lover Céladon (Andy Gillet) has cheated on her (which is not true), so she breaks up with him and never wants to see him again - which is too much for Céladon so he immediately jumps into the next river to kill himself, and since his body cannot be found, he is presumed dead by his people. Only then does Astrée learn about his undying love, and from now on, she does nothing but mourn over him.

Céladon though hasn't died, he has been saved and nursed back to health by three nymphs, Galatée (Véronique Reymond), Léonide (Cécile Cassel) and Sylvie (Rosette). Thing is, Galatée wants to keep him for herself though, while he knows he can never love her and out of desperation wants to kill himself again ... but Léonide has pity with the poor chap, helps him escape and - since he doesn't want to return to Astrée since she has vowed she doesn't want to ever see him again - gives him abode in a small hut.

She knows though that before long, Céladon has to be reunited with Astrée, but since he can't be made to see reason, she and her uncle, the druid Adamas (Serge Renko) come up with a rouse to make him meet her without being himself - he has to dress up as the druid's daughter Alexia and visit Adamas' place when Astrée and company stay there for the mistletoe festival ... and as Alexia he manages to win Astrée's heart back, only then can he reveal his true identity.

 

The adaptation of Honoré D'Urfé's novel L'Astrée could have become a pompous but bloodless kitsch fest in the hands of another director - but Eric Rohmer approaches his source material in a (self-)ironic way, refuses to let lavish sets and costumes detract from the main plot (and not only for budgetary reasons), and his directorial effort is as light-footed and unexcited as in his best films. And in its intentionally simple way, Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon is amazingly entertaining.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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