In this talky lighthearted slow-paced melodrama, Jerome, a cultural attache, spends his last summer holidays as a bachelor at Lake Annecy where he meets Aurora, an Italian writer and old friend. She talks him into a flirt with his landlady's teenage daughter, Laura, which he indulges in until he meets and falls for Laura's blonde half-sister Claire and develops a desire to caress her knee. Jerome eventually dares to try his luck with Claire, only to realize that, unlike with Laura, his affections this time are mostly one-sided.
Otto Oberhauser <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>
Did You Know?
Without counting a picture frame seen from the distance, the title character's first appearance takes place after 47 minutes into the film. See more
Near the end of the movie, Jerôme and Claire Annecy are going by boat to Annecy but have to seek refuge under a shelter because of a storm. During their conversation, the irregular flow of the watering device used to create the big rain can be clearly heard. See more
I was born to be unhappy. But no, I won't be unhappy. I'm very happy. I only think of positive things. People are unhappy because they want to be. When I feel down, I think about how there are happy times and that crying does no good anyway. I think about how marvelous it is to be here and how much fun I'm going to have.
What do you call having fun?
Having fun is being alive. For instance, today I'm very happy. Tomorrow I may be sad. So then I make myself think of something else. I concentrate ...
Referenced in La caméra de Claire