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A Tale of Springtime

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Watching an Eric Rohmer film, in which talking heads (albeit pretty ones) hold forth in pastel surroundings, is like watching paint dry. The French director treats characters decoratively—as if they were geraniums. A Tale of Springtime, which explores the relationship between two women—a young musical conservatory student and a philosophy teacher—as they blab each other blue in the face, does absolutely nothing to dispel those impressions.