Chloe in the Afternoon (1972)
"L'amour l'après-midi" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  29 September 1972 (USA)
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Though he has an adoring wife, a bourgeois man is still tempted to pursue other women.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bernard Verley ...
Françoise Verley ...
Daniel Ceccaldi ...
Malvina Penne ...
Elisabeth Ferrier ...
Martine (as Babette Ferrier)
Tina Michelino ...
The Passenger
Jean-Louis Livi ...
The Colleague
Pierre Nunzi ...
The Salesman
Irène Skobline ...
The Saleslady
Frédérique Hender ...
Mme. M.
Claude-Jean Philippe ...
Mr. M.
Silvia Badescu ...
The Female Student
Claude Bertrand ...
The Male Student
Sylvaine Charlet ...
The Landlady


The last of Rohmer's Six Moral Tales. Frederic leads a bourgeois life; he is a partner in a small Paris office and is happily married to Helene, a teacher expecting her second child. In the afternoons, Frederic daydreams about other women, but has no intention of taking any action. One day, Chloe, who had been a mistress of an old friend, begins dropping by his office. They meet as friends, irregularly in the afternoons, till eventually Chloe decides to seduce Frederic, causing him a moral dilemma. Written by Will Gilbert

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Another good Rohmer about the intricacies of love
15 January 2002 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

No other director has exposed, analyzed and interpreted love relations as profoundly and as maturely as Eric Rohmer. His cycles `Six Moral Tales' and `Comedies and Proverbs', based on his own screenplays, are the best examples of how cinema can be at the same time `talkative', philosophic and incredibly effective. Rohmer's movies prove that cinema can fully explore love without being melodramatic, naive or predictable. `Chloe in the Afternoon' (`L'amour l'après midi') is the sixth and the last of his moral tales and tells the story of Frédéric, a married lawyer who loves his wife but feels tempted to have an affair with seductive Chloe, a friend of old times who reenters his now bourgeois life. As in the case of many of his other films, Rohmer's screenplay is in itself worth-reading, with intelligent dialogues and interesting ups and downs in the love triangle, but his directing of the three actors, emphasizing their ambiguities (Frédéric's principles and impulses; Hélène's apparent self-assurance and hidden anguish; Chloe's solitude and tricks), is also very impressive. `Chloe in the Afternoon' is a good reflection on the dilemmas of monogamy and the traps of possessiveness. One more to the admirable list of Rohmer's movies about love (8/10).

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