What happens when sociologists make a documentary revolving around the question, "Are you happy?"
CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER is what happens. This doc is a combo of street interviews, and longer form interviews with a variety of people from all walks of Parisian life.
The film makers decided to add themselves to the production as well. They introduce the film, participate in some round-table style discussion, and they conduct a post screening interview that was also taped and shown as part of the final product.
The film was made during the boom of the French New Wave era, and it shows. The editing style was very of the moment.
The people being interviews were interesting. There was a debate about how "fake" the "performances" felt or looked.
I was looking forwards to an analysis of the subjective nature of documentary film making. That is not what this films intention was. I enjoyed it nonetheless.