Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
Original title: L’Amour, L’Apres-Midi
Alternate title: Love In The Afternoon
France, 1972. Les Films du Losange. Screenplay by Eric Rohmer. Cinematography by Nestor Almendros. Produced by Pierre Cottrell, Barbet Schroeder. Music by Arie Dzierlatka. Production Design by Nicole Rachline. Costume Design by Daniel Hechter-Vog. Film Editing by Cecile Decugis.
Eric Rohmer’s final entry in his Six Moral Tales is up there with My Night At Maud’s as the very best. A married businessman is awaiting the birth of his second child, blissfully wedded to his beautiful wife while surrounded everywhere he goes in chic 1970s Paris by gorgeous women. He would love to be the grand seducer of all, but this doesn’t mean he actually plans to be unfaithful, simply enjoying his passions of mind while living it straight in real life. This is thrown into a blender of confusion when an old friend’s colourful and unreliable ex-girlfriend (Zouzou) reappears in his life and they become afternoon hang-out buddies. The two are never more than friends, but goodness knows the possibility is always there, as is the temptation, and it is this tension that Rohmer so beautifully (and so delicately) maintains throughout this entire, wonderful film. It is, as his films always are, breezy and charming, with a hell of a lot of sophistication and just enough carnal lust to really make it feel real. Look for the hilarious dream sequence which features actresses from the previous five films.