Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle

Synopsis: Reinette and Mirabelle are two young girls. Reinette lives in the countryside, Mirabelle in Paris. They meet during a holiday of Mirabelle in the country, when Reinette helps her to repair the tube of her bicycle and shows her the beauties of nature and in particular the 'blue hour'. They like each other and decide to take a flat together in Paris, where they'll attend at the University. But isn't so easy to live together when the characters are so different: as Reinette is simple and enthusiastic, as Mirabelle is obscure and lazy.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Éric Rohmer
Production: Franco London Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

But I've never been

in countryside like this.

It's completely wild.

So stay here.

I didn't mean it that way!

You can stay.

I've got a cot.

- I hate to impose...

- Look, I wouldn't have said it.

I just finished a painting.

After that I love to chat.

If I talk too much,

you can leave.

No, my parents are expecting me.

I have to go.

Phone them.

Got a phone?

The neighbors do.

Shall we?

This silence is wonderful.

It's never like this in Paris.

Always a car driving by,

or a neighbor's hi-fi,

it's a steady drone.

But this isn't real silence either.


Lots of sounds...

Silence doesn't exist in nature.

Maybe on mountain tops.

Ever been on a mountain top?


You get it here too.

Maybe at night.

No, the night's full of noises.

Cats serenading, owls.

I didn't mean at night.

Heard of the blue hour?

Blue hour?

It's not an hour...

a minute, really.

Just before dawn,

there's a minute of silence.

The day birds aren't up yet,

and the night birds

are already asleep.


There's real silence...

As a kid, I'd ask my mom

to wake me up then.

Every morning?

Not every morning.

Two or three times a year...

in summer when the sky's clear.

It's hard to describe

to someone who hasn't known it.

But when nature's totally silent,

it's scary.

A bit like a courtroom,

when they're waiting

for the jury's verdict.

It's either life...

Or death.

If the end of the world ever comes,

I'm sure it'll be at that moment.

Know why?

It's the only time you feel

nature's holding its breath.

It's very scary.

All farmers know

about that moment.

That's why they say:

"Another day, another daybreak".

It's true.

Whatever happens,

you can't stop the sun from rising.

That's the finest lesson in humility

you can get.

We need nature,

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Éric Rohmer

Jean Marie Maurice Schérer or Maurice Henri Joseph Schérer, known as Éric Rohmer (French: [eʁik ʁomɛʁ], 21 March 1920 – 11 January 2010), was a French film director, film critic, journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and teacher. Rohmer was the last of the post-World War II French New Wave directors to become established. He edited the influential film journal, Cahiers du cinéma, from 1957 to 1963, while most of his colleagues—among them Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut—were making the transition from film critics to filmmakers and gaining international attention. Rohmer gained international acclaim around 1969 when his film My Night at Maud's was nominated at the Academy Awards. He won the San Sebastián International Film Festival with Claire's Knee in 1971 and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival for The Green Ray in 1986. Rohmer went on to receive the Venice Film Festival's Career Golden Lion in 2001. After Rohmer's death in 2010, his obituary in The Daily Telegraph described him as "the most durable filmmaker of the French New Wave", outlasting his peers and "still making movies the public wanted to see" late in his career. more…

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