2009 has been a dreadful year for romantic comedies, with bridezilla clichés and trite versions of the ugly truth standing in for the frothy escapism we associate with the genre. Consider Eric Rohmers film the antidote; it draws on a set of conventions that predate Hes Just Not That Into You by several centuries (its based on Honoré dUrfés 1629 novel), and takes place in fifth-century Gaul, or a pastoral version thereof. A misunderstanding is the source of the drama, as a handsome shepherd and his lady enjoy an idyllic romance until a jealous rival convinces her he has flirted with another. She commands him to stay out of her sight forever, and he attempts to drown himself. After hes nursed back to health by a druid, courtly love decrees that he obey the letter of Astrees prohibition. But what if he appeared before her in female disguise? The screening is free and open to the public.
Thu., Oct. 29, 7 p.m., 2009