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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
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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A sweet remembrance
21 July 2010 | by (Serbia and Montenegro) – See all my reviews

I also remember this film which made a big impression on me so many years ago. I still recall several scenes, e.g. the one at the Paris railway station (Renaud getting on the train with his fellow students) or those filmed at Avoriaz ski center under snow cover, with modern hotel apartment blocks lit at night like Christmas tree, a love play between Natalie and Renaud wearing his bear costume, a fireplace, a dispute between Natalie and Hossein and, generally, a very romantic and sexy atmosphere. I would like to see it once again although I know I would be watching it now with different eyes. In my country, the title of this film was appropriately translated as 'The first experience'. In sum, after such a long period I keep this beautiful film in my memory; it surely represented one of the nice moments of my growing up.

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