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Aviators Wife, the

Philippe Marlaud , Marie Rivière , Eric Rohmer    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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The first in Rohmer's Comedies and Proverbs series, The Aviator's Wife tells the delightful story of a young man's obsession with a slightly older woman. When he spies another man leaving her apartment one morning, he enlists the help of a young girl he meets in the park to spy on him. What follows is a hilarious comedy of romantic hopes, disappointments and the complications of love.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting study of relationships May 14 2004
The most intriguing thing about this movie happened at the very end, giving insight into the main male character and piquing some interest... the movie is unfortunately not otherwise intriguing, and I am sorry to have to give it only three stars. Worth seeing if you like philosophical conversations about men and women and relationships, adultery and jealousy and happiness... there isn't a lot of substance otherwise, I'm afraid.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A charming movie March 7 2004
Very little actually happens in this movie yet I found it to be worth watching. This movie is my introduction to the films of Eric Rohmer, and I am sure that I will view as many of his movies as I can. Rohmer is a master.
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THE AVIATOR'S WIFE - Eric Rohmer / France 1981 (3.5 STARS)
15 December 2003: It is always difficult to get overtly excited about an Eric Rohmer film or make any relative comparisons with conviction - Eric Rohmer's works are almost like Jazz music, delicate in their appeal and full of irony, yet not given to the charts. The Aviator's Wife, the 1st in Rohmer's series of Comedies & Proverbs is subtle like poetry by full of the irony of urban existence. Set in his hometown Paris (as most of his films are), this is a film about a young woman's insecurity about growing old lonely, and a young man's obsession with the slightly older woman. Artfully made with a color palette that seems to reflect the hues of the lives of the characters, the film is talkative yet reflective and insecure with a certain confidence.
• Mise-en-scene: The character's motivations are developed with painstaking detail in an attempt to build characters that we may grow to either love or loath, but irrespective respect as real people. I was drawn to the young man's character in particular and to his singularly obsessive personality even though he was gentle and carefree at first sight.
• The older woman was so typically stereo cast as idiosyncratic, intense and detached in a manner only the French can be. In the final scene one feel for the boy when he discovers that the young girl he meets on the bus has been feeding him all along, but before we have time to react, Rohmer makes a comic joke of the situation by spinning the movie into a loop so that we end up almost where we started, except that we've got a different man that the protagonist is trailing this time around.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Aviator's "Woman" . . . Dec 25 2003
La Femme De L'Aviateur, the French title of this movie, translates literally: "The Woman of the Airman." Woman is not necessarily wife, so the movie may be presumed to be about Anne, the pilot's girlfriend, who figures prominently, and thus we dispose of mis-impressions infecting half the reviews and doubtless countless viewers of this movie.
But assuming the English title appropriate, and maybe it is, who is the aviator's wife? If you watch closely, you may come away wondering if the pilot is even married.
We should also dispel a couple of other notions in the various reviews. It is a French "talkie." I happen to like them. It's not completely accurate to say it is about an obsession with an older woman. There is obvious consideration of the younger one at a certain point. It's certainly inaccurate to say the younger one represents the real possibility if one watches all the way to the end, past the aborted letter drop. And by the way, look at that guy closely. He is not a stranger.
Anne does not agree with Lucie entirely that "women decide." It can't be said that these two women are educating Francois. It can't be said that he loses either of them, actually. Although, everyone who thinks they just must talk things through at the earliest opportunity would do well to see how he makes his life more difficult than it need be with this strategy.
I think the movie really is about Anne, the pilot's girlfriend, whose picture appears on the cover. She is the one who is despondent and ready to give up on relationships because she finds no one's feelings true and faithful. And there is one further intriguing argument for this view.
Eric Rohmer is noted for making cycles of movies... the comedies and proverbs, the four seasons, etc.
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