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The story in Claire's Knee is very simple, but even if it was more ambitious or complicated it wouldn't be the point. And this is what people miss when they watch Rohmer's films. It's the pace, the background scenery, the natural ambience. It's an invitation to the viewer to join the cast, and feel like one more character, a very attentive and quiet character. And this is truly the magic of Rohmer's beautiful films, specially this one. Among his films, I prefer My Night At Maud's, because it's not only beautiful to the eye, but the story interests me more too.
Claire's Knee is such a delicate and precious work of art for its simplicity, and it really feels like being sucked into the scene by the characters interactions, and becoming more and more involved in the conversations. You can pick your own sides, and most of all, you can study (try to understand) the characters by staring at their faces without being impolite. And you can also just enjoy the beautiful scenery and breathe fresh air from the Alps.
So I recommend it but warn you that it should be viewed without any expectations as for plot or big excitements. Take it as an invitation to join a few friends for a few days in the French Alps during the summer. Get into the European mood and have a nice vacation.
I wish is had a better quality dvd. The other option is the Criterion edition that just came out.
This is the story about a thirty-something year old diplomat, Jerome Montcharvin, who encounters two pretty girls, sixteen and eighteen years old, while on vacation at Lake Annecy in France (near Lake Geneva, Switzerland) a month before his wedding and finds that they affect him more strongly than he might have expected. It is especially Claire who brings out a side of his personality that is seldom exposed, much to the merry interest of his friend, Aurora, a writer, who has guided his interest in the girls, ostensibly as material for a story she is writing. Claire's Knee, it need be said immediately has not so much to do with the pretty girl's knee as it has to do with the protagonist's self-perception.
Jean-Claude Brialy, who plays Jerome Montcharvin, brings a veracious mix of smug confidence and little guy vulnerability to the part spiked with a clear case of self-delusion that illuminates his character very well. And the girls are indeed very pretty, with Laura, played with coquettish innocence by Béatrice Romand, also being clever and slyly sophisticated, vulnerable and honest. In contrast Claire, played by Laurence de Monaghan, whose fawn-like beauty is perfect for the part, seems superficial and ordinary and a bit distant. I found myself more attracted to Aurora, played with a gentle and understated irony by Aurora Cornu.Read more ›
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People talk, talk, talk--about themselves. . .
I must be missing something because i find the movie torturingly boring. Read more
Since most of the reviews for "Claire" concentrate only on the deficiencies of the DVD, and praise the movie to the skies (rightly), it's worth pointing that if you look under... Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Nicholas Clifford
Jérôme, the 35-year-old protagonist in Claire's Knee (1970) [French: Le genou de Claire], is infatuated with the nymphet Claire and has an insatiable desire to touch her... Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by The Writer Mo Ibrahim
I had to buy this because the copy at the Sacramento Alliance Francaise went missing and we wanted to replace it. I watched it before putting it on the shelves. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Paul Kao
"Claire's Knee" (1971 France) is the best of Eric Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales" movies.
The best part of the movie is the way it portrays rural France where prosperous... Read more
Eric Rohmer explores his favorite two subjects again, i.e human compulsions and ethics. This time his film's backdrop are those lazy hazy days of summer vacation for the upper... Read morePublished on April 18, 2009 by nepos
I picked this film after reading an article where film director Neil LaButte listed this film as one of the best films ever. Read morePublished on October 28, 2008 by Eugenia
"To each his own."
I agree with several other reviewers who state that a person either loves Rohmer or finds him boring and pretentious. Read more