A Tale of Springtime

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Conte de printemps
French poster
Directed by Éric Rohmer
Produced by Margaret Ménégoz
Written by Éric Rohmer
Screenplay by Éric Rohmer
Starring Anne Teyssèdre
Hugues Quester
Florence Darel
Eloïse Bennett
Sophie Robin
Music by Jean-Louis Valero
Cinematography Luc Pagès
Edited by María Luisa García
Distributed by les films du losange
Release date
  • 4 April 1990 (1990-04-04) (France)
Running time
112 minutes
Country France
Language French

Conte de printemps (A Tale of Springtime) is a 1990 French film directed by Éric Rohmer, starring Anne Teyssèdre, Hugues Quester and Florence Darel. It is the first of Rohmer's Contes des quatre saisons (Tales of the Four Seasons), which also includes A Tale of Winter (1992), A Summer's Tale (1996) and Autumn Tale (1998).


Jeanne (Anne Teyssèdre), a young philosophy teacher, is left without a place to rest for the evening, and goes to a housewarming party, where she meets Natacha, a girl her age who studies to become a pianist. They become friends quickly, whereupon Natacha invites Jeanne to her home, and lets her use the father's bedroom, since he so rarely uses it. The father, Igor (Hugues Quester), stops by the next morning to pick up some clothes, and is surprised by Jeanne, who has just returned from a shower.


Canby, Vincent. "Rohmer's Love, Games and Deja Vu." New York Times. Published September 25, 1990. Accessed May 22, 2017. open access publication – free to read
Ebert, Roger. Review of "A Tale of Springtime." Chicago Sun-Times. Published November 6 1992. Accessed May 22, 2017. open access publication – free to read
Harper, Dan. "A Tale of Springtime." Senses of Cinema 35. (April 2005) Cinémathèque Annotations on Film. Accessed May 22, 2017 open access publication – free to read

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