"Autumn Tale," the final movie in French filmmaker Eric Rohmer's four-part "Tales of the Four Seasons," centers around the life of Magali (Beatrice Romand), a widowed Cote du Rhone winemaker, whose friends attempt to find her a new mate. Though wine plays only a minor role in the story, it helps define the main character. Magali takes quiet pride in aging her wines longer than her neighboring vintners, and her seduction of Gerald (Alain Libolt) begins over a glass of her wine.
"Autumn Tale," winner of the 1998 Venice Film Festival award for Best Original Screenplay, opened on Friday, July 9, in New York and will open nationally throughout the summer. The move is in French, with English subtitles.
For more about wine in the movies, read these features from November 30, 1997 issue: