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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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Playful and entertaining See more (25 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
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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
 
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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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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:Every woman has her most vulnerable point. For some, it's the nape of the neck, the waist, the hands. For Claire, in that position, in that light, it was her knee.See more »
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Featured in The Son of Gascogne (1995)See more »

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What are the names of all six of Rohmer's moral tales?
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5 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Playful and entertaining, 28 October 2002
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Claire's Knee is a playful sex comedy that almost gets a little too playful for conventional morality. Filled with gorgeous Alpine scenery and strikingly honest dialogue, the film gives us plenty to think and talk about. In Claire's Knee, Jerome (Jean-Claude Brialy) is a good looking diplomat who is on a brief vacation in the Alpine village of Talloires before he is to be married. He meets an old friend Aurora (Aurora Cornu) who is a novelist. Aurora wants to observe Jerome interacting with other women so she can be inspired to write something about it, and persuades Jerome to court two teenage girls, daughters of the woman she is staying with.

He first tries to court Laura, superbly played by Beatrice Romand, an unusually perceptive teenager, but fails. At first their relationship is fun but later becomes tense when both realize the inappropriate nature of their behavior. He then turns attention to the beautiful but less profound Claire (Laurence De Monaghan) and develops an obsession to fondle her knee, a seemingly perverse fixation but in Rohmer's eyes, it seems rather innocent. Jerome is on the verge of temptation but is rescued by the careful decisions of his own conscience and his commitment to his fiancée. I think everyone here learns through failure that sometimes it is necessary to step back and get a handle on the possible consequences of your actions.

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