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Le genou de Claire
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21 February 1971 (USA) See more »
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On holiday, a conflicted man lusts after beautiful stepsisters despite his betrothal to a diplomat's daughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 8 wins See more »
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Beautiful, authentic Rohmer film See more (26 total) »

Cast

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Jean-Claude Brialy ... Jerome
Aurora Cornu ... Aurora, the novelist
Béatrice Romand ... Laura
Laurence de Monaghan ... Claire
Michèle Montel ... Madame Walter
Gérard Falconetti ... Gilles

Fabrice Luchini ... Vincent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandra Franchina

Directed by
Eric Rohmer 
 
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Eric Rohmer 

Produced by
Pierre Cottrell .... producer
Barbet Schroeder .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros 
 
Film Editing by
Cécile Decugis 
 
Production Management
Alfred de Graff .... production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Michel Laurent .... sound assistant
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Claude Gasché .... electrician
Bernard Prim .... still photographer
Jean-Claude Rivière .... assistant camera
Philippe Rousselot .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Martine Kalfon .... assistant editor
 
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Louis Balthazard .... machinist
Michel Fleury .... continuity
 
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Also Known As:
"Le genou de Claire" - France (original title)
"Six Moral Tales V: Claire's Knee" - International (English title) (long title)
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105 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Revealing mistakes: Near the end of the movie, Jerôme and Claire Annecy are going by boat to Annecy but have to seek refuge under a shelter because of a storm. During their conversation, the irregular flow of the watering device used to create the big rain can be clearly heard.See more »
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Jerome:The turmoil she arouses in me gives me a sort of right over her.See more »
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Referenced in The Five Obstructions (2003)See more »

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What are the names of all six of Rohmer's moral tales?
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, authentic Rohmer film, 27 January 2009
Author: timmy_501 from United States

Eric Rohmer's style never ceases to amaze me: his characters and scenarios always seem realistic but not oppressively so. Furthermore, while on paper his films might sound stagey thanks to his direction they manage to be uniquely cinematic. This film is no exception; it has a tremendous amount of dialogue, perhaps even moreso than other Rohmer films I've seen but it never feels too talky.

The plot of this film revolves around Jerome, a vacationing man who is about to get married. He runs into an old friend who happens to be vacationing with his neighbor's family and he begins spending a lot of time with this family. Before long the neighbor's 16 year old daughter Laura develops a crush on Jerome much to his delight. Rohmer's treatment of his teenage characters is one place where the film really shines: he doesn't portray them as naive innocents or stereotypes but rather as intelligent, unique individuals. After quite a bit of flirtation, Laura realizes that nothing will come of their relationship and moves on. In spite of his lack of attachment to Laura, Jerome has difficulty dealing with her new indifference. He quickly turns his attention to her sister Claire, a girl who has very little interest in him. He seems to see this as a challenge; her perfect figure (particularly her shapely knee) fascinates him to no end.

Ultimately Jerome and the other adults seem more childish than the teenagers in the film: while the younger folk know what they want and react maturely if they don't get it the older folk are indecisive and petty; they want what they can't have. Jerome in particular constantly claims that he doesn't care about looks but he pursues the more attractive Claire even though she doesn't seem nearly as intelligent as her sister. The point here might be that maturity and age don't necessarily go hand in hand or that even the most sophisticated seeming adult can behave as a childish fool.

As usual, the film had some interesting, realistic characters. The film is also one of the best looking I've ever seen, probably in no small part thanks to the efforts of legendary cinematographer Nestor Almendros. Still, I couldn't help but feel that the themes of this film were not expressed as well as those in the very best Rohmer films I've seen. Still quite good and Rohmer is steadily becoming one of my favorite directors.

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