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Claire's Knee (1970)

Le genou de Claire (original title)
On lakeside summer holiday, a conflicted older man is dared to have a flirt with two beautiful teenage stepsisters despite his betrothal to a diplomat's daughter and the fact that the girls have boyfriends.

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Complete credited cast:
... Jerome
Aurora Cornu ... Aurora, the novelist
... Laura
Laurence de Monaghan ... Claire
Michèle Montel ... Madame Walter
Gérard Falconetti ... Gilles
... Vincent
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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. Written by Otto Oberhauser <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>

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21 February 1971 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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 »

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Laura: 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.
Jerome: What do you call having fun?
Laura: 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 ...
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Talk And Talk And Talk - About Drivel!
10 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

This film, overall, was about as exciting as the title. Then again, if you enjoy a bunch of hedonistic Frenchmen sitting around talking, talking and more talking, all espousing Liberal philosophies....you'll love it!

The group includes a bearded dude, his wife and friends, and a guy who has the hots for a 14-year-old girl, "Clarie."

I'm not kidding. Go ahead, spend a few bucks, rent this film and you'll see what I mean. This is about as boring a movie as you will ever find. Literally, staring at someone's knee for 105 minutes is about as interesting as listening to this drivel labeled "dialog."


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