French filmmaker Éric Rohmer's films are often notable for their strong female characters, a trend that became more apparent as his career progressed. Between his "Moral Tales" cycle, which often addressed a man having to choose between a "good" woman and a "bad" one, and his later "Comedies and Proverbs," which often centered women characters, a nascent feminist sensibility emerged. This spring, two of those women—Sophie Renoir, star of L'ami de mon amie (1987), and Haydée Politoff, star of La collectionneuse (1967)—join us for evenings of film and conversation.
The sixth in Éric Rohmer's "Comedies and Proverbs" series finds two friends navigating relationship foibles against the backdrop of Cergy-Pontoise, a planned suburb designed to meet residents' every need. Blanche and Léa meet, become friends, and switch boyfriends; meanwhile, Rohmer balances the utter banality of the characters' preoccupations with the banality of their surroundings, suggesting that perhaps shopping-mall architecture is a fit setting for nothing but shopping-mall stories.
Sophie Renoir, who plays Léa, will speak after the film with Daniel Morgan, associate professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies.
(Éric Rohmer, France, 1987, 103 min., DCP)
Sophie Renoir has been acting in films and television since she was a teenager. The granddaughter of painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir, she made her film debut in Attention, the Kids Are Watching and followed it with dozens of films and television appearances in Europe and North America. In addition to L'ami de mon amie, she also worked with Rohmer in A Good Marriage.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Cinema and Media Studies and Alliance Française Chicago.
Join Sophie Renoir for a conversation about her famous family at the Alliance Française de Chicago on Friday, April 27 at Renoir and Rohmer · En français.