Claire's Knee (Le Genou de Claire)

Rated NR 105 minutes 1971

The fifth of Eric Rohmer's Six Moral Tales, Claire's Knee is a deliciously Rohmeresque story of sexual obsession. French diplomat Jerome (Jean-Claude Brialy), on a resort vacation, meets Claire (Laurence De Monaghan), the teen-aged daughter of a friend. Though engaged to be married, Jerome falls hopelessly in love -- not with Claire, but with Claire's knee. Realizing that to be revealed as a fetishist would be ruinous for him, Jerome does not act upon his obsession. Eventually he gets to fulfill his yearnings by placing his hand upon Claire's knee, a gesture which she assumes is out of sympathy for a personal crisis she is going through. Originally released as Le Genou de Claire, this film was the recipient of the Prix Louis Delluc and the Prix Melies.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Eric Rohmer

Writer: Eric Rohmer

Cast: Jean-Claude Brialy, Aurora Cornu, Béatrice Romand, Laurence de Monaghan and Michèle Montel

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