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Max My Love (1986)

Max mon amour (original title)
A married French woman takes a zoo chimp named Max to be her lover.

Director:

Nagisa Ôshima (as Nagisa Oshima)

Writers:

Nagisa Ôshima (scenario) (as Nagisa Oshima), Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Rampling ... Margaret Jones
Anthony Higgins ... Peter Jones
Victoria Abril ... Maria
Anne-Marie Besse Anne-Marie Besse ... Suzanne
Nicole Calfan ... Hélène
Pierre Étaix ... Le détective / Detective
Bernard Haller ... Robert
Sabine Haudepin ... Françoise, la prostituée
Christopher Hovik Christopher Hovik ... Nelson Jones
Fabrice Luchini ... Nicolas
Diana Quick ... Camille
Milena Vukotic ... Margaret's Mother
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ... Archibald (as Bernard Pierre Donnadieu)
Thomas Austerweil Thomas Austerweil
Bonnafet Tarbouriech ... Le vétérinaire (as Pierre Bonnafet)
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Storyline

Peter is a British diplomat in Paris. He is told by a detective that his wife, Margaret, has rented a flat where she spends quite a few hours monkeying around with a lover - a chimpanzee called Max. The relationship is serious, heartfelt, and sexual, so Peter invites the chimp to live with them.

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A Love Triangle of Primate Proportion. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some aberrant sexual content | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Oshima originally intended there to be a scene where Max performs cunnilingus on Margaret, but ultimately decided it would be too risque for French cinema. See more »

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Referenced in 45 Years (2015) See more »

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good squirmy fun
25 January 2009 | by jonathan-577See 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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Country:

France | USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

22 October 1986 (France) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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