Eric Rohmer's third pic after Le signe du lion, which treated a down-and-out American in Paris and the moral indifference of his friends, and La Collectionneuse, about a femme who collected lovers and her tilt with an intellectual, looks at a 34-year-old engineer (Jean-Louis Trintignant) living in a small French town. He runs into an old friend, a schoolteacher, who invites him to dinner at the home of his mistress, Maud (Francoise Fabian), a divorcee.

Eric Rohmer’s third pic after Le signe du lion, which treated a down-and-out American in Paris and the moral indifference of his friends, and La Collectionneuse, about a femme who collected lovers and her tilt with an intellectual, looks at a 34-year-old engineer (Jean-Louis Trintignant) living in a small French town. He runs into an old friend, a schoolteacher, who invites him to dinner at the home of his mistress, Maud (Francoise Fabian), a divorcee.

The friend gets drunk and leaves them alone. Maud is a sensuous woman, but the engineer fends off her verbal and physical advances. A confirmed Catholic, he can no longer make love for its own sake.

He meets her again, but is more talk than action. Years later he, his wife and child meet Maud at a beach. She says she has remarried but seems to know his wife.

This moralistic fable is up-to-date in delving into the sexual attitudes of intellectuals, those that gab and rarely grab. It is refined, knowing and has a rich mixture of wit and revealing content.

Trintignant has the correct priggish, self-indulgent but unselfconscious awareness of what he wants. Fabian has middle-aged good looks and limns her role of Maud well. Christine Barrault is right as the Catholic girl.

Ma Nuit Chez Maud

France

Production

Losange/FFP/Simar/Carrosse/Gueville/Renn/Pleiade/Deux-Monde. Director Eric Rohmer; Producer Barbet Schroeder, Pierre Cottrell; Screenplay Eric Rohmer; Camera Nestor Almendros; Editor Cecile Decugis; Music [none]; Art Director Nicole Rachline

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1969. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Jean-Louis Trintignant Francoise Fabian Marie-Christine Barrault Antoine Vitez Anne Dubot Marie Becker
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