The 1986 Venice Festival-winning masterpiece by revered auteur Eric Rohmer (MY NIGHT WITH MAUD) centres on a capricious and somewhat hapless heroine, secretary Delphine. Staunchly vegetarian, easily bored, Delphine (played brilliantly by co-writer and Rohmer regular Rivière, AUTUMN TALE) is finding it difficult to holiday with companions who are frankly put off by her changeable moods. The large volume of improvisation in THE GREEN RAY is pitch perfect and arguably lays the groundwork for later works by other key directors like Richard Linklater and Joanna Hogg.
Marie Rivière is wonderful as the shy, sensitive singleton at the centre of Rohmer’s documentary-like but mysterious classic. ★★★★★