Pauline a la Plage is the third of French filmmaker Eric Rohmer's "Comedies et Proverbes." Pauline (Amanda Langlet) is the teen-aged cousin of the seemingly more worldly and sensible Marion (Arielle Dombasle). Both girls become entwined in amorous escapades while vacationing at the beach. It gradually develops that Marion is the one least capable of handling herself, while Pauline grows in maturity from her summertime experiences. It is nothing short of amazing how Eric Rohmer can take the most conventional and obvious of material and weave something as charming and profound as Pauline at the Beach. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Great characters but so-so photography. A little heavy on the talking-head approach to dialogue. The director missed the opportunity to include many beautiful seaside landscape visuals. In this story, two teenagers (15 and 19?) go on holiday to a French coastal town and discuss the meaning of true love with an array of men. The exchange of ideas is short of profound yet is at least thought provoking and provides insight into the many interpretations of true love. The movie shows that each person has his or her own idea of love, and that not all men (or woman) think alike. There is also enough romping, nudity and intrigue to hold the attention of less-reflective viewers, assuming they are erudite enough to read sub-titles.