The Aviator’s Wife (1981)

Éric Rohmer directs Phillippe Marlaud, Marie Rivière and Anne-Laure Meury in this French romantic comedy where a jealous postman follows his non-committal girlfriend’s ex.

I tried a Rohmer when I was younger and could not get into it. Dull-a-go-go! This one though grabbed me. We get a look at a day in the life of a group of discontent Parisiens. Anne is rude to everyone and wants a relationship where she is left alone most of time. The callow Francois is overbearing and out of his depth… his paranoid clinginess turns to full on stalking. 15 year old Lucie mistakenly thinks he is following her… and she could be the woman of his dreams… if only he wasn’t so obsessed with his (not unjustified) paranoia. Their interlude that forms the core of the film is delightful, with Anne-Laure Meury’s precocious flirt electrifying the film. Nothing ends up how you expect but the quiet mundanity and gentle ironies Rohmer revels in here really hooked me. A new director to explore. If you are a fan of Before Sunset, give this a try.


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