The aviator Christian visits his ex-mistress Anne seven o’clock in the morning, to tell her that their affair is over, because his wife is pregnant and will soon move to Paris. Anne’s new lover, François, happens to see Christian and Anne when they leave her house, and thinks that their affair is still going on. He tries to contact Anne, but she won’t talk to him. At a pavement café François sees Christian and an unknown woman, which he assumes is the aviator’s wife.
As he is in a bad mood and doesn’t know what to do, he decides to follow the couple. On his way through a park he bumps into a cute girl, Lucie, who is 15 years old and has taken a day off from school. Lucie soon brings 20-year-old François to explain to her what has happened to him this morning. She is excited by his story and especially the puzzling parts of it. She joins him in pursuing the couple and thinks out various hypotheses about them. When the couple goes into a lawyer’s office, Lucie is sure that the unknown.
The Aviator’s Wife (French: La femme de l’aviateur) is a 1981 French film written and directed by Éric Rohmer. The film stars Phillippe Marlaud, Marie Rivière and Anne-Laure Meury. Like many of his films, it deals with the ever-evolving love lives of a group of young Parisians.
This was the first in Rohmer’s “Comedies & Proverbs” series — a collection of six films the director made during the 1980s. Each of these films begins with a proverb, in the case of The Aviator’s Wife this is: “On ne saurait penser à rien” or “It is impossible to think about nothing”.
The Aviator’s Wife (1981)
Directed by: Éric Rohmer
Starring: Philippe Marlaud, Marie Rivière, Anne-Laure Meury, Mathieu Carrière, Philippe Caroit, Coralie Clément, María Luisa García, Fabrice Luchini
Screenplay by: Éric Rohmer
Production Management: Hervé Grandsart
Cinematography by: Bernard Lutic
Film Editing by: Cécile Decugis
Distributed by: Fox/Lorber
Release Date: May 11, 1981