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The Tree, the Mayor and the Mediatheque PG rating

Eric Rohmer's needle-sharp satire of a mayor whose plans to build a provincial arts centre are scuppered by a local teacher.

Drama 1993 111 mins

Director: Eric Rohmer


This gentle but needle-sharp satire tells of a liberal aristocratic mayor who wants to improve his village by building an arts centre - whereupon a teacher (Farbice Luchini in top form) objects that his view will be ruined by the loss of a tree. Touching on many of Rohmer's favourite topics (archaeology, ecology, culture, ethics), the film is funny, relevant and blessed with a lovely finale.