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Tender Moment (1968)

La leçon particulière (original title)
Teenage student Olivier (Verley) meets 25 year-old Frédérique (Delon), wife of race car driver Enrico (Hossein), and start an affair. But guilt and doubt storm over Olivier's mind.




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Credited cast:
Frederique Dampierre
Renaud Verley ...
Olivier Fermond
Robert Hossein ...
Enrico Fontana
Bernard Le Coq ...
Katia Christine ...
Martine Sarcey ...
La mère d'Olivier
Nicole Desailly ...
La concierge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michel Boisrond ...
Le père d'Olivier
Henri Lambert ...
Le motard


Olivier, a seventeen-year-old high school student, is a good-looking young man, much more mature than most of his schoolmates. One day he meets Frédérique, 25, a beautiful woman who attracts him strongly. The trouble is that she has a life companion, race car driver Enrico. For the time being, Enrico is away in Detroit to test a new prototype and Frédérique is idle in Paris that is why she welcomes the young man's company. Slowly but surely, the friendship turns into an affair, for Frédérique finds she shares Olivier's feelings. But Enrico finally comes back to Paris. Will Olivier and Frédérique's love story be possible in these conditions? Written by Guy Bellinger

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20 December 1968 (France)  »

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Theme D'Olivier
Music by Francis Lai
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A DVD of this film ( with Japanese subtitles) has just been issued in Japan by HMV Japan.
4 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have bought six copies ( I liked this film so much) and the quality is excellent. Correction to the two previous reviews....Natalie Delon's character is the racing driver's 25 year old girl friend not his wife! Secondly Renaud Verley has had a good career look him up and see how he looks today. he deserved to succeed.he film has been slightly censored for japan, and Robert Hossein seems to have had his teeth done! What a great actor he became, after this and Angelique! Nathalie Delon has never looked better and her acting is just what the role demanded. her autobiography , very honest came out a couple of years ago, and prove her to be very independent. (Is that a mark of a good french actress? viz Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve. Incidentally Verley was born 9th November 1945 and Nathalie Delon,1st August 1941 she is playing 25 and he 18- 7 years difference, not four, so he was a young looking 23 year old! This film needs to be discovered by a new generation, who might appreciate how morals have changed, and the pang of a great love affair. the ending surprises, i think.

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