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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)
Nicole Calfan ...
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 ...
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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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good squirmy fun
25 January 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Interesting - an international co-production that results in a real creative fusion, not the usual mush. This movie pits deadpan surrealist aesthete Jean-Claude Carriere's script against tantrum-prone transgressor Oshima in the service of a narrative where Charlotte Rampling falls in love with a chimpanzee. In spite of the rampant in-your-face perversity, though, Carriere holds the balance of power - Oshima wouldn't have thrown in that climactic victory parade, and I doubt he could have pulled off such an informed spoof of the French bedroom comedy on his own. The bemused passivity of the husband can get a little cloying, but it's pretty remarkable how viscerally sensual the movie gets in the Rampling-chimp lovey sequences. And that goes double once you realize that it ain't no chimp - it's another Rick Baker masterpiece for ya, so that makes three auteurs.


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