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Claire's Knee (1970)

Le genou de Claire (original title)
On lakeside summer holiday, a conflicted older man is dared to have a flirt with two beautiful teenage stepsisters despite his betrothal to a diplomat's daughter and the fact that the girls have boyfriends.

Director:

Éric Rohmer

Writer:

Éric Rohmer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Jerome
Aurora Cornu Aurora Cornu ... Aurora, the novelist
Béatrice Romand ... Laura
Laurence de Monaghan Laurence de Monaghan ... Claire
Michèle Montel Michèle Montel ... Madame Walter
Gérard Falconetti Gérard Falconetti ... Gilles
Fabrice Luchini ... Vincent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandra Franchina Sandra Franchina
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Storyline

In this talky lighthearted slow-paced melodrama, Jerome, a cultural attache, spends his last summer holidays as a bachelor at Lake Annecy where he meets Aurora, an Italian writer and old friend. She talks him into a flirt with his landlady's teenage daughter, Laura, which he indulges in until he meets and falls for Laura's blonde half-sister Claire and develops a desire to caress her knee. Jerome eventually dares to try his luck with Claire, only to realize that, unlike with Laura, his affections this time are mostly one-sided. Written by Otto Oberhauser <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>

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GP | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 February 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Claire's Knee See more »

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Production Co:

Les Films du Losange See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Laurence de Monaghan. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, Jerôme and Claire Annecy are going by boat to Annecy but have to seek refuge under a shelter because of a storm. During their conversation, the irregular flow of the watering device used to create the big rain can be clearly heard. See more »

Quotes

Madame Walter: I was 15. I despised young boys. Besides, you never paid attention to me.
Jerome: Excuse me, but I remember very well. You had bouffant hair and a blue bicycle.
Madame Walter: I wore my hair straight and had a black bicycle. You're thinking of Bernadette Piccard.
Jerome: Ah, right, I didn't look at the older girls. They scared me.
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one of the best movies made by Rohmer
1 October 1998 | by PSZABADISee all my reviews

This is one of the best movies of Rohmer's earlier series of moral tales. The movie wonderfully depicts the complicated relatioship between the hero and his desires, represented by Claire, and the reality of Claire's younger sister, who as masterfully played by Beatrice Romand. This is a wonderful comedy of manners, in which we can laugh at all the characters, how in their attempts to fool others, they only fool themselves. Rohmer has intricately plotted every action, I enjoyed every moment of the film.


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