The Green Ray

The Green Ray

As we enter summer, with increasing ambiguity, I can't help but think of Eric Rohmer's Le Rayon Vert and the existential dread that's beautifully portrayed by Sophie Maintigneux's 16mm cinematography. The film follows a Parisian secretary who finds herself lost and drifting between summer plans she banefully can't commit to, searching for purpose and escape from her self-imposed solitude which isolates and defines her. The last scene where we witness the optical phenomena that happen around the moment of sunset or sunrise, "the green ray" is probably one of my favorite scenes in cinema, one that haunts and calms at the same time.

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