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Max mon amour (1986)

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A French wife takes a zoo chimp named Max to be her lover.

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Margaret Jones
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Peter Jones
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Maria
Anne-Marie Joubert ...
Suzanne (as Anne-Marie Besse)
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Hélène
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Robert
Sabine Haudepin ...
Françoise, la prostituée
Christopher Hovik ...
Nelson Jones
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Nicolas
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Camille
Milena Vukotic ...
Margaret's Mother
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ...
Archibald (as Bernard Pierre Donnadieu)
Thomas Austerweil
Bonnafet Tarbouriech ...
Le vétérinaire (as Pierre Bonnafet)
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Reserved and cool, Margaret is the French wife of Peter, a British diplomat posted to France with their son Nelson. She takes a lover, a chimpanzee she bought from a zoo and installed in a flat. Peter asks that she bring the chimp, Max, to live with them. He obsesses about Margaret and Max's relationship, hiring a prostitute so he can watch Max perform (Max declines) and peering through the keyhole as Margaret and Max sleep. He tries to kill Max, then finally accepts the ape's presence. When she is called away to her ill mother's bedside, Max stops eating. Worried, Peter takes Max and Nelson to the countryside so Max can be with Margaret; once there, Nature beckons. Is Max lost? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Best in a theater, still fine on DVD
11 August 2009 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

Seen with an audience in a theater, Max Mon Amour can be a surprising and satisfying parable. When a womanizing diplomat (Anthony Higgins) realizes that his wife (Charlotte Rampling) may be having an affair, he's shocked, then disgusted that this lover is in fact a full-grown chimpanzee. At first, it appears that Rampling may be using the simian to exact emotional revenge on his wife; then, it seems that a special kind of love might be in play - which inflames his jealousy to the point of violence.

Nagisa Oshima frames the film as an offbeat comedy, but it's hard to ignore ignore its themes, which include the blindness of love, questioning to what degree we're human or animal. To the very last scenes, it's difficult to predict that will happen to the chimp or the strange romance. It's presented almost entirely without music, and filmed in French and English - as if to say the language spoken here is beyond words, speaking the language of the heart.

Of particular note is the rendering of the chimp, which is presented so realistically that you almost believe it's real. Charlotte Rampling is enigmatic and sensual as Max's "lover."


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