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Claire’s Knee

(Unclassified)

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Overview

One of Éric Rohmer’s most celebrated and visually sumptuous films, Claire’s Knee is the fifth entry in his Six Moral Tales series. Soon-to-be-married, burly, bearded career diplomat Jérôme (Jean-Claude Brialy) runs into his alluring old friend Aurora (Aurora Cornu) while boating about the mountain-cradled waters of Lake Annecy. Over long chats at her residential lakehouse, Aurora dares Jérôme to indulge her landlady’s teenage daughter Laura’s (Béatrice Romand) crush on him in an experiment to inspire Aurora’s latest novel and test his fidelity. Initially confident in his self-control and charm, Jérôme is caught off-guard when he meets Laura’s older sister Claire (Laurence de Monaghan) and becomes hopelessly fixated on her knee.

Why You Should See This Film

With breathtaking scenery, rich colours and a palpable air of attraction that would go on to strongly influence Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, Claire’s Knee is a mesmerising and at times confronting moral tale of perversity and innocence. In novelistic style, Rohmer explores theories of love, the mysteries of desire and the ridiculous attempts to rationalise one’s fumblings through an amusingly self-assured Jean-Claude Brialy – here playing a man truly out of his depth amongst a cast of women who continually evade his understanding.

Year:
1970
Rating:
Unclassified
Director:
Éric Rohmer
Cast:
Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu, Béatrice Romand, Laurence de Monaghan
Duration:
105 minutes
Language:
French with English Subtitles

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