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Conte d'ete (1996)
Eric Rohmer

With a title that can be translated as "A Summer's Tale", this is the third film in Rohmer's "seasons" series, preceeded by tales of spring and winter and followed by a tale of autumn in 1998. In this French film, the protagonist is a young mathematician/musician exploring his romantic possibilities.

Thanks to Jaime Navarrete for pointing it out to me!

Contributed by Alejandro Martin

The only math in the film is that the main character studies mathematics. I loved that and loved the film. Usually mathematicians in the movies are the strangest people. Here not, he is pretty normal. He is acute and intelligent, but not a nerd, no following patterns everywhere. He preffers to follow girls like most of the mathematicians I know. In fact, he was very similar to a classmate I had when I studied mathematics. (It may have helped that Rohmer, the director, did study mathematics)

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Mathematical Content:
1.33/5 (3 votes)
Literary Quality:
4/5 (3 votes)


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