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29 September 1972 (USA) See more »
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Though he has an adoring wife, a bourgeois man is still tempted to pursue other women. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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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
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Directed by
Eric Rohmer 
 
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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
 
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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
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Referenced in Kill Your Killer (2014)See more »

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Sharp and insightful dialogue, 28 October 2002
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Chloe in the Afternoon is the last of six moral tales of Eric Rohmer and my favorite of the three. Frederic (Bernard Varley), is a happily married, well-to-do lawyer married to Helene (Francoise Verley), a somewhat chilly English professor. He is attracted to other women and misses the time when he was free. "I feel marriage closes me in", he says, "cloisters me, and I want to escape. The prospect of happiness opening indefinitely before me sobers me. I find myself missing that time, not too long ago, when I could experience the pangs of anticipation". Frederic rationalizes that his fantasies about other women are merely a reflection of the depth of his love for his wife. In one amusing sequence, he dreams that he possesses an amulet that gives him control over the will of any passer-by, a power of which he takes decided advantage of.

When Chloe (Zouzou), a free-spirited friend he used to know shows up, Frederic finds a release in her companionship and is able to confide in her in a way that he is unable to do with his wife. They spend afternoons together talking about love and relationships. She confesses that she doesn't want to be married but would like to have a child, particularly one with Frederic. The central tension of the film is the choice Frederic must make between his passion for Chloe and his love for his wife. Although he is tempted to have an affair with Chloe, he spends too much time pondering the pros and cons and doesn't act. Chloe on the other hand is in love with Frederic and has a come-what-may attitude toward his entanglements.

Like Jerome (Claire's Knee) and Jean-Louis (My Night at Maud's), Frederic is weak and indecisive and is forever attempting to justify his inability to choose. He stands on the edge of temptation but is never quite ready to jump. Rohmer does not, however, make any moral judgments but hints that Frederic's temptation and pangs of conscience are something most of us go through at some time in our lives.

Though there is a lot of talking in Chloe in the Afternoon, it never seems false or tiresome. This is a very charming film that Pauline Kael called "in every respects, a perfect film". It has a natural rhythm with characters that are so real that you don't want to leave them when the film ends. As Frederic's ultimate choice looms, we are privy to some sharp and insightful dialogue that illuminates the complexity of relationships. The story is told from the husband's point of view and we are left wondering how different it would be if told by his wife. Her tears at the end provide a clue.

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