Delphine's travelling companion cancels two weeks before her holiday, so Delphine (Marie Rivière), a Parisian secretary, is at a loose end. She doesn't want to travel by herself, but has no means boyfriend and seems unable to meet new people. A friend takes her to Cerbourg; after a few days there, the weepy and self pitying Delphine goes back to Paris. She tries the Alps, but returns the same day. Next, it's the beach; once there, she chats with an outgoing Swede, a party girl, and a friendship seems to bud; then suddenly, Delphine bolts, heading back to Paris. On her way, a young man catches her eye; perhaps a sunset and the sun's green ray await.
Decent but not Rohmer's best
- The Green Ray review by MN
I came to this film directly from Pauline A La Plage which I'd loved and had heard this was even better, so maybe I was setting myself up for disappointment. Delphine's summer plans fall through and instead she spends her summer travelling from place to place unable to make meaningful connections with the people she encounters. In the end, the film heads for a final moment of meaning which feels a bit too telegraphed. Not bad but it felt a touch laboured to me.