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Max mon amour (1986)

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 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. Written by lament

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A Love Triangle of Primate Proportion. See more »

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Comedy

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

France | USA

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

22 October 1986 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Max, Meu Amor See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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A different Type of discrete Charme
28 September 2006 | by Thorsten_BSee all my reviews

Mainly, this film is about Charlotte Ramplings love for a monkey (a chimpanzee, to be precise), and how her family, especially her husband, deals with it. In fact, upon finding out about his wives affair, Anthony Higgins' character remains surprisingly calm; he even proposes to have the monkey live with them in their house. Maybe he wants to prevent Rampling from leaving him; or he does so since he has an affair himself; or it is his attempt to be "open minded" even in front of an utmost unusual matter. But problems soon up: Not only does the maid (young Victoria Abril!) respond negative to the new guest; the couples friends slowly find up about the hidden secret and try to "help" by drawing in psychologist, zoologists, and so forth. Then, suddenly, Max, the monkey is gone... Sounds weird? It is. All over the film, one is reminded of some of Luis Bunuels work. In one particular scene, Higgins – eager to find if Rampling and Max do indeed share sexual experiences – pays a prostitute to "visit" Max, about which she has no problems (other than Max!). One could read it as a commentary about, once again, the lifestyle of the Bourgeoisie and the boredom that drives them, but in fact all of the characters are likable and there's not hint of criticism on social inequalities. It's filmed in a "children film style" way, yet in its contents designed exclusively for adults. It makes for an enjoyable reception, but once you've seen it, it's not something you want to watch it all too soon, since "Max mon Amour" is basically attractive for the unpredictable unfolding of the story.


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