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Le Genou de Claire (1970)

Director:
Eric Rohmer 
COUNTRY
France
GENRE
Drama
ENGLISH TITLE
Claire's Knee
RUNNING TIME
103 minutes
Producer:
Pierre Cottrell
Barbet Schroder
Screenwriter:
Eric Rohmer


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Jerome Jean-Claude Brialy
Aurora Aurora Cornu
Laura Beatrice Romand
Claire Laurence De Monaghan
Mme. Walter Michele Montel
Gilles Gerard Falconetti
Vincent Fabrice Luchini

 

Review

Eric Rohmer's fifth of his Six Moral Tales is a talky, intellectually erotic film about Jerome, a man in his late thirties, about to get married, who spends a summer at Lake Annecy with his old friend Aurora, her friend Mme. Walter, and the latter's two teenage girls, Laura and Claire. As Laura is smitten by the mature, experienced man, Jerome himself balances his proclaimed physical self-control with his fascination for female youth in a game of dares orchestrated by the enigmatic writer Aurora. The candid, self-assured openness of Le Genou de Claire could only spring from the French New Wave. It is a tribute to art as such, and film as an art form. The film is without a musical score, but boasts Nestor Almendros' wonderful photography, and Rohmer's discussive, unrestrained thematics of lust and love - across generations, but never while comprimising one's own ethic sense. Rohmer captures the delicacy of every situation. His film is simple, beautiful and interesting, if ultimately over-analytical. Rohmer favourite Romand is a complete delight as Laura.

Copyright 23.9.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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