Eric Rohmer

A Tale of Springtime

A Tale of Springtime

In the first film of Tales of the Four Seasons, a burgeoning friendship between philosophy teacher Jeanne (Anne Teyssèdre) and pianist Natacha (Florence Darel) is strained by jealousy, suspicion, and intrigue. Natacha encourages Jeanne to pursue Igor (Hugues Quester), Natacha’s father, in order to supplant Ève (Eloïse Bennett), his young girlfriend, whom Natacha loathes. Natacha’s scheme, however, risks alienating those closest to her as well as entangling Jeanne in the very kind of romantic drama she has vowed to avoid. A Tale of Springtime finds Eric Rohmer in full command of his subtle visual storytelling as he contrasts the brightness of his characters’ Parisian and suburban surroundings with their conflicting desires, ideas, and temperaments.

Film Info

  • France
  • 1990
  • 107 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French

Available In

Collector's Set

Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons

Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons

Blu-ray Box Set

4 Discs


A Tale of Springtime
Anne Teyssèdre
Hugues Quester
Florence Darel
Eloïse Bennett
Eric Rohmer
Written by
Eric Rohmer
Margaret Ménégoz
Les Films du Losange
Production manager
Françoise Etchegaray
Luc Pagès
Camera assistant
Philippe Renaut
María Luisa García
Assistant editor
Françoise Combès
Sound recordist
Pascal Ribier
Assistant sound recordist
Ludovic Hénault
Sound mixing
Jean-Pierre Laforce
Sound effects
Gil Bast
Sound effects
Pascale Bastien-Coulon


Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons: Another Year
Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons: Another Year

Through its echoes, resonances, and intricately branching stories, this cycle of films evokes the feeling that life, like the weather, is based on patterns too complex to ever be fully predictable.

By Imogen Sara Smith