Claire’s Knee (1970)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  Le Genou De Claire

France, 1970.  Screenplay by Eric Rohmer.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Film Editing by .  

At a beautiful villa in France during the hottest days of summer, a vacationing cultural attache () 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 () who encourages him to enjoy a flirtatious relationship with her teenaged half-sister (). 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.

The Criterion Collection:  #347

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Foreign Language Film

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