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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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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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Trivia

Co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière, producer Serge Silberman and actor Milena Vukotic were all frequent collaborators with Luis Buñuel, and Max mon amour (1986) resembles his work in its understated, unsensational treatment of frequently outrageous events. See more »

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Deviant Cinema At It's Finest!
9 February 2014 | by meddlecoreSee all my reviews

This is a humorously brilliant little film from renown Japanese director Nagisha Oshima with dialogue which flows between French and English and a storyline all about Zoophilia. Nicely compliments the newly released R-100. They would make a nice double feature together.

The film follows a French diplomat who suspects his wife is having an affair, after he finds out she has been secretly renting a second apartment from a private investigator he had hired.

When he goes to investigate for himself, he walks in on his wife....naked...in bed with a Chimpanzee.

Flabbergasted by the whole thing, he doesn't know what to think.

But, out of sheer curiosity, he accepts his wife's kinky fetish...and even asks her to bring Max (the chimp, which is more likely some dude in a chimp costume...or a puppet) to come and live with them and their son.

The most awkward and hilarious scene occurs when the couple has friends over for dinner- during which they hear Max screaming. Curious themselves, they ask to meet him. But when they bring him out he pretty much molests his human lover in front of their friends.

The film focuses less on the lustful aspects of the human-chimpanzee relationship, though, than it does on the psychological journey which our protagonist is swept through, as he tries to understand his wife's psychological condition...not to mention an attempt to fathom what exactly goes on between them behind closed doors. He needs to know...and it's driving him mad.

The entire spectacle is hilarious, and filled with bestial and zoophilic innuendo. Like when Peter's secretary/mistress set's the Queen up to visit a stud farm. At one point, Peter (the husband) hires a prostitute, and pays her to attempt to get Max to have sex with her...so he can watch (although, as it turns out....she wasn't his type...totally mine though!).

While hilarious from start to finish, I wouldn't exactly qualify this explicitly as a comedy. It's comedic element is more a result of the truly bizarre nature of the thematic content (from the perspective of general normality, if such a thing exists), than it is from a brazen attempt to make you laugh. The jokes require a bit of reflection, at least.

When all is said and done this a truly imaginative and deviant piece of cinema that should be experienced by everyone. It will make you think. It will make you laugh. And it will make you go "WHAT THE F**K!?". What more can you ask for, really? Oshima has nice framing too! 8.5 out for 10.


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