A love letter to Eric Rohmer, the film city Paris and the joy of simply letting oneself be seduced by film. During a trip to Paris almost twenty years ago, Richard Misek accidentally starred in a film by the French auteur Eric Rohmer, who was in the process of shooting 'Rendezvous in Paris' (1995) in the streets, when Misek passed by and was captured by the camera for a brief moment. Only many years later, he found out that he appeared in a film by the director he since has come to admire for his modest and philosophical portrayals of life in and around the French capital. 'Rohmer in Paris' is a cinematic essay, which is composed entirely of exctracts from Rohmer's (and a few other Parisian directors') films, accompanied by Misek's passionate and insightful reflections on the motifs and patterns that only reveal themselves after repeated viewing: the exchange of looks, the circular connections and the films' shared topography – with a liberatingly self-ironic awareness of how fine the line can be between passion and obsession! But one learns something and, not least, is inspired to (re)see Rohmer's films, by following Misek's pyschogeographic mapping of Paris with the French master's life opus as a compass. If you have any idea what this all means, then this is definitely a film for you. And if you otherwise just love films, the French New Wave or quite simply Paris, then you should also allow yourself to enjoy 'Rohmer in Paris' on the big screen.
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