French film with subtitles.
Amusing story of two woman in their forties: Isabelle, a happily married bookstore owner, and Magali, a widowed wine grower. Believing that “at my age, it’s easier to find buried treasure than finding someone to love,” a 45-year-old widow turns to her friend for help. Misguidedly, Isabelle places a misleading personal ad, then impersonates her friend while checking out the gentleman who answers the advertisement.
Director Eric Rohmer, who over the past decade gave audiences three other films in this series, including Summer’s Tale, Winter’s Tale and Tale of Springtime, provides an engaging, albeit, sometimes talky character study, with romantic shenanigans that are both funny and poignant. The 79-year-old filmmaker, renown for being one of the New Wave directors who revolutionized French film during the 1950s, here provides a clean, entertaining narrative about middle-aged friendships. In limited release, Autumn Tale may not come to your area.