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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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Éric Rohmer

Writer:

Éric Rohmer
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Jerome
Aurora Cornu Aurora Cornu ... Aurora, the novelist
Béatrice Romand ... Laura
Laurence de Monaghan Laurence de Monaghan ... Claire
Michèle Montel Michèle Montel ... Madame Walter
Gérard Falconetti Gérard Falconetti ... Gilles
Fabrice Luchini ... Vincent
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sandra Franchina Sandra Franchina
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 February 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Claire's Knee See more »

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Production Co:

Les Films du Losange See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Aurora, the novelist: I follow the characters' impulses. Their own logic drives them on.
Jerome: But you help.
Aurora, the novelist: No, I never invent. I discover.
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Follows La boulangère de Monceau (1963) See more »

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Jean-Claude Brialy attracted by Laurence de Monaghan.
17 November 2001 | by lionel.willoquetSee all my reviews

On the point of getting married, Jean-Claude Brialy, a seductive diplomat in his thirties, spends his final holiday as a bachelor by the lake at Annecy. There he meets one of his friends, Aurora Cornu, a Rumanian novelist. Summertime sensuality, luminous images and subtle dialogue for a melancholic study of love, beautifully portrayed by Jean-Claude Brialy, perfect as the mature seducer.


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