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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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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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Woman Always Decides Aug. 12 2001
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This light yet perceptive film is about misunderstanding and missed opportunities. It is sweetly sad and humorous and knowing about the ways of men and women in love.
It is not about the Aviator, nor his wife. In the opening the Aviator dumps his younger mistress because his wife is pregnant and the mistress in turn spurns another younger man she's been seeing. This young man, Francois, happens to see the Aviator with his "love" and later, by chance, takes the opportunity to follow him. While tailing the Aviator who is with another woman, Francois meets a younger woman who helps him and in turn draws out the reason for his following the couple and ultimately his upset and confusion over the situation.
The humor and the irony in the movie is that both women, the mistress and the younger student, try to tell Francois the truth about women and love...but he will not hear it. Francois is so convinced of his own understanding of things (wrongly), that he cannot see the bright hope in front of him (the student) and the lost cause he is obsessing over (the mistress). Francois listens but doesn't hear.
And in the end, he gets a lesson, but does he learn?
A French movie all the way, for those that like them. 4-1/2 stars.
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4.0 out of 5 stars WOMEN ARE HARD TO UNDERSTAND April 17 2000
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THE AVIATOR'S WIFE is not a movie about the wife of an aviator nor about a love story in the air. In fact, we'll just admire that lucky woman on a photography during a few seconds in Eric Rohmer's first movie of the "comedies and proverbs" serie. But she really has, in the Rohmer's way of thinking, the main role of the movie. She gets pregnant, forcing her husband, a pilot, to make a choice between her and his 25 years old mistress, Anne, the main character of the movie, played by Marie Rivière who has been present now in 6 Eric Rohmer's movies.
Christian's decision is an emotional shock for Anne who is loved by François, a night-shift employee. The action of THE AVIATOR'S WIFE, if one may call "action" the discussions between characters composing a Rohmer's movie, starts here. And lasts one day. At the end of the day, one character will be emotionally wounded for life. And it won't be the aviator's wife.
If you love psychological movies with dialogs extremely well written and everyday life characters, then THE AVIATOR'S WIFE is definitively the movie for you. If not, unless you're a curious movie lover, skip it.
Winstar Home Video, as always, hasn't cleaned at all the master, so the image quality is below-average but it's not so important after all in an Eric Rohmer's movie.
A DVD that will make you feel smarter.
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