Pauline at the Beach

Synopsis: Fifteen year old Pauline and her older cousin, model-shaped Marion, go to the emptying Atlantic coast for an autumn holiday. Marion ignores the approaches of a surfer and falls for Henri, a hedonist who is only interested in a sexual adventure and drops her soon. Pauline's little romance with a young man (Sylvain) is also spoiled by Henri.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Éric Rohmer
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  5 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

I think the neighbors have left.

It should be very peaceful here.

It's wonderful

that there's no phone.

When I'm here,

I feel I can spend...

hours and hours without moving.

Won't you go to the beach?

Yes, to swim.

But it's not a place

I like to stay.

For reading or working,

it's better here.

I prefer the beach.

You'll be disappointed.

I want to go to the beach.

I haven't been this year.

What about in Spain?

We swam, then we'd leave.

We changed place every day.

Sounds great!

At least you had variety?

We never stayed long enough.

I was with my parents,

so I couldn't have any fun.

Your trip wasn't fun?

Interesting, but not fun.

What do you call fun?

First of all,

being with kids my own age.

You don't know any here.

I'll meet some.

Most have left by now.

No, well, I hope not.

It's no fun going on holiday

with your parents...

even if they're nice.

I've always made friends

on holiday, except this year.

Boys or girls?


Which do you want to meet here?


-You'd prefer boys?

-Not especially.

You'd like to find a boyfriend?

Just a friend.

A friend?

Come here.

Tell me...

have you ever been in love?

I'm sure you have been.

There must've been a kid

in school...

whom you said you'd marry

when you grew up.

Sure, when I was very little.

-Since then?


Let's say, a few boys have...

impressed me.

Well, then?

That's all.

What happened? You must have

impressed them, too?


It's mostly people

I saw only for a moment.

So I don't know.

What do you mean?

Like last year...

in Italy, I was in a restaurant

and a boy at the next table...

kept looking at me. I mean,

we both looked and smiled.

Then he left.

A boy your age?

A bit older, about 16 or 17.

I was 14 last year.

Was he Italian?

No, French.

Then you can see him again!

Maybe. The car

had Paris license plates.

So you expect to run into him

on the street?

I doubt it!

If you saw him,

what would happen?

I don't know.

-Would you dare speak to him?


Would he dare?

Maybe...but he doesn't

really interest me.

There's very little chance

we'll ever meet.

I pictured meeting him again,

but I didn't believe in it.

Now it's too late.

It's probably better

if I don't see him.

I see...

In fact, you'd like to meet

someone who didn't leave.

Not at all! You're pretending

not to understand.

No, maybe I'm too old.

No, you're not.

You even seem to be my age.

I can't believe

you've been married.

Neither can I.

Maybe I wasn't really.

I mean...

I never believed in it,

deep down.

That's why it failed.

It's cold!

That's Pierre!


Pierre. A very old friend.

I haven't seen him since...

before I got married.

What a surprise!

Yes, it is.

Do you know my cousin Pauline?

No, she's never

been here before.

You haven't been here

for at least five years.

Precisely! What a memory!

Well, I'm back.

I come every year.

Have you been here long?

We just arrived.

I have the use of the house.

My brother went back to Paris.

I see him now and then.

He says you work very hard.

I spent all of August

preparing my collection.

So now, I've come here to rest.

Have you finished school?

Yes and no.

I'm doing graduate work.

Are you here alone?

Yes, until school starts

with Pauline.

Her parents left her in my care.

So to speak!

And you?

You look like a real expert!

Ever done it?


I could teach you.

We won't be here long enough.

You could get the feel of it

this year...

and continue next year.

It doesn't take strength...

just balance.

I bet it takes skill!

Hey, Pierre!


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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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