Thursday, 7 February 2008

Le Rayon Vert, feb 7

Eric Rohmer

Jules Verne, the early science fiction writer, wrote a book named Le Rayon Vert(the Green Ray, 1882) whose heroine Helena Campbell, is chasing this elusive phenomenon. The heroes are trying to observe the green ray in Scotland. After numerous unsuccessful tries caused by clouds or distant boat sails hiding the sun, the phenomenon is eventually visible, but the heroes, finding love in each other's eyes, don't pay attention to the horizon. According to legend those who see the ray will not choose wrong love.

As her traveling companion cancels two weeks before her holiday, Delphine, a Parisian secretary, is at loose ends. She doesn't want to travel by herself, but has no boyfriend and seems unable to meet new people. A friend takes her to Cherbourg; after a few days there, the weepy and self-pitying Delphine goes back to Paris. She tries the Alps, but returns the same day. Next, it's the beach: once there, she chats with an outgoing Swede, a party girl, and a friendship seems to bud; then, suddenly, Delphine bolts, heading back to Paris. As she waits at the Biarritz train station, a young man catches her eye; perhaps a sunset and the sun's green ray await

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