Review: ‘Le Genou de Claire’

With his fifth so-called 'moral tale', Eric Rohmer again deals in people who discuss, analyze, dissect and worry their actions (in this case around friendship, love and desire), but rarely indulge. And if they do, it is talked about rather than seen.

With his fifth so-called ‘moral tale’, Eric Rohmer again deals in people who discuss, analyze, dissect and worry their actions (in this case around friendship, love and desire), but rarely indulge. And if they do, it is talked about rather than seen.

Jean-Claude Brialy is a rather self-dramatizing, thirtyish young man on the eve of marrying a Swedish girl. In France on a holiday, he meets an old friend, a Rumanian woman (Aurora Cornu), who is a novelist and staying with a divorced woman and her teenage daughter, Laura (Beatrice Romand). The latter gets a crush on the visitor, which is the main hinge of the tale. There is a brief flirtation with the determined, headstrong girl and then into it comes her half-sister, Claire (Laurence de Monaghan), who troubles Brialy with her tawny, youthful sensuality.

It is a personal, private film but yet has the wit, sprightly aphorisms, that are right and never trite. This is a worthy followup to Rohmer’s My Night at Maud’s.

Le Genou de Claire

France

Production

Films du Losange. Director Eric Rohmer; Producer Pierre Cottrell; Screenplay Eric Rohmer; Camera Nestor Almendros; Editor Cecile Decugis

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 107 MIN.

With

Jean-Claude Brialy Aurora Cornu Beatrice Romand Laurence de Monaghan Fabrice Luchini Gerard Falconetti
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