Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Le Genou De Claire
France, 1970. Les Films du Losange. Screenplay by Eric Rohmer. Cinematography by Nestor Almendros. Produced by Pierre Cottrell, Barbet Schroeder. Film Editing by Cecile Decugis. Golden Globe Awards 1971.
At a beautiful villa in France during the hottest days of summer, a vacationing cultural attache (Jean-Claude Brialy) enjoys his last few days as a bachelor before he will return to the city to marry his fiancee. While on holiday he runs into an old friend of his (Aurora Cornu) who encourages him to enjoy a flirtatious relationship with her teenaged half-sister (Béatrice Romand). Instead, he fixates on Romand’s older sister Claire, particularly the titular joint upon which he begins to fixate. Eric Rohmer’s usual style of tasteful, lovely filmmaking meets up with Bunuelean obsession in this beautifully photographed, lovingly written film. Romand would appear for Rohmer again nearly thirty years later as the star of Autumn Tale.