Of all the talents that came from the fertile French New Wave, director Eric Rohmer might be the most consistent. With a penchant for the thematic—his body of work can be distinguished through categorizations including morality, comedies and proverbs—Rohmer’s films ask the Big Questions but avoid his peers’ affinity for didacticism, incorporating witty dialogue and an easygoing style that went on to become his trademark. A Tale of Autumn—the final installment of Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons cycle—screens as a part of the National Gallery of Art’s Seasons of Rohmer, a series focused on Rohmer’s surprisingly strong late period. With A Tale of Autumn, the director eschewed the pretty naïfs and well-coiffed bachelors who usually inhabit his work, opting instead for the confusion and loneliness of Magali, a middle-aged winemaker whose friend Isabelle tries to play matchmaker. Gallic complications ensue.
The film screens at 4:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art, East Concourse Building, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.