(out of 5)
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.
Directed by Eric Rohmer
Screenplay by Eric Rohmer
Cinematography by Nestor Almendros
Film Editing by Cecile Decugis
Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film (France)