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Presentation, or Charlotte and Her Steak (1960)

Présentation ou Charlotte et son steak (original title)
Two young people, Walter and Charlotte, are walking through a small village in Switzerland a snowy winter day. Walter introduces Charlotte to Clara, hoping to make Charlotte jealous. After ... See full summary »

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Two young people, Walter and Charlotte, are walking through a small village in Switzerland a snowy winter day. Walter introduces Charlotte to Clara, hoping to make Charlotte jealous. After saying good-bye to Clara, Walter accompanies Charlotte into her house, although she doesn't want him to. Charlotte is hungry and cooks a steak. She asks Walter if he wants a piece of it. He says no, but she gives him a small piece anyway. He wants a kiss, and she says no. She starts to compare herself with Clara, who Walter agrees is more beautiful. In spite of this, Walter says he likes Charlotte much more, but she thinks he is lying. She notices that he is cold and shivering. She hugs him, he kisses her, and she starts kissing him. After leaving the house he accompanies her to the train. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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I Wonder if the Steak Was Tough
21 February 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wonder why this was made, other than to show us a bit of Jean Luc-Goddard as an actor. Charlotte banters with this guy. He invites himself to her home, even though she is in a rush. They talk about the other woman, Clara, who leaves them a few seconds into the thing. He wants to kiss her. She wants to have lunch, warming up a piece of steak from the refrigerator. The discussion isn't all that dynamic, and the cinematography isn't anything interesting. Had someone besides Rohmer directed this, it probably wouldn't have attracted attention. Anyway, a curiosity out of the way. I guess if it has a positive thing going for it, it would be to check out some Goddard again.


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