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Chloe in the Afternoon -- Though happily married and expecting a second child, the thoroughly bourgeois business executive Frédéric cannot banish from his mind the multitude of attractive Parisian women who pass him by every day. The luminous final chapter to Rohmer's "Moral Tales" is a tender, sobering, and wholly adult affair that leads to perhaps the most overwhelmingly emotional moment in the entire series.


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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Bernard Verley ... Frédéric
Zouzou ... Chloé
Françoise Verley ... Hélène
Daniel Ceccaldi ... Gérard
Malvina Penne ... Fabienne
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
Daniele Malat ... The Customer
Suze Randall ... The Au Pair
Françoise Fabian ... Dream Sequence
Marie-Christine Barrault ... Dream Sequence
Haydée Politoff ... Dream Sequence
Aurora Cornu ... Dream Sequence
Laurence de Monaghan ... Dream Sequence
Béatrice Romand ... Dream Sequence

Directed by
Eric Rohmer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eric Rohmer 

Produced by
Pierre Cottrell .... producer
Barbet Schroeder .... producer
Original Music by
Arié Dzierlatka 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros 
Film Editing by
Cécile Decugis 
Production Design by
Nicole Rachline 
Costume Design by
Daniel Hechter-Vog 
Makeup Department
Karl Moisant .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Bertrand .... assistant director
Claudine Guillemin .... assistant director
Lorraine Santoni .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound mixer
Michel Laurent .... assistant sound recordist
Jean-Pierre Ruh .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Fernand Coquet .... electrician
Bernard Prim .... still photographer
Jean-Claude Rivière .... assistant camera
Philippe Rousselot .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Martine Kalfon .... assistant editor
Other crew
Albert Vasseur .... machinist
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"L'amour l'après-midi" - France (original title)
"Love in the Afternoon" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
"Six Moral Tales VI: Love in the Afternoon" - International (English title) (long title)
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97 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Finnish censorship visa # 81209 delivered on 14-12-1972.See more »
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Follows My Night at Maud's (1969)See more »


What are the names of all six of Rohmer's moral tales?
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2 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
an affecting character/faith drama, 5 November 2003
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Eric Rohmer's sixth tale of "morality" in 1972 was Chloe in the Afternoon. While I haven't seen the other five, this installment had me from start to finish. Rohmer's work here, as well as the work done by the actors like Bernard Verley as the central character Frederic, his wife Francoise Verley as Helene, and Zouzou as the title character, doesn't amount to a masterpiece. It's questionable if someone will finish watching this and think of it was one of the great films from the 70's. But having said that, this film builds with a real vision by Rohmer into what he wants to say. The audience can tell within some time after the film starts that this isn't going to be one of those by-the-numbers tales of infidelity. There really is a consistency to what he and his actors are doing in the story.

Frederic runs a Paris office and has Helen, his wife, with one child and another on the way. His narration conveys that there is a abscond he wants to seek, though he doesn't know how (most nights he falls asleep reading a book). Then enter Chloe, an old friend returning to France after years out of the country without a word. A friendship is re-kindled, however there could be something more to what it means as the film rolls along.

Perhaps there was something I was expecting from Chloe in the Afternoon that Rohmer wasn't delivering, which is my only beef with the picture. He has a definite knack for laying on the subtleties of his characters (that is more like half him and half the actors portraying the emotions) that are expected in day-to-day lives among old friends, co-workers, and spouses, and the good qualities of the film hold up till the end. Yet I kept on feeling there was something almost deceptive about how the film progressed. I praise Rohmer for making the story choices he made, and all the same an expectedess, though I wonder if it will become richer and deeper as I get older, as I bring more to the work and understand where Rohmer's coming from in his "Moral" tale. It's a great work that I'll have to watch again (and hopefully again), if only to see if I gave an under-estimated view of the development of Frederic, Helene, and Chloe. Certainly more than a mild blip on the post-french new-wave radar though.

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