Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire)
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Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire)
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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film was rapturously received as a cinematic equivalent to Jane Austen at the time of its original release."
‑ , Time Out
"The penultimate entry in Eric Rohmer's series of Six Moral Tales, and the loveliest, most crystalline of the lot."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of Rohmer's greatest expressions of male-female relationships."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Somewhere between insulting and repulsive, Claire's Knee purports to be about love but comes across as little more than infantile."
‑ Christopher Null,
"There isn't much plot, just a lot of humanity and intelligence."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"Claire's Knee is a movie for people who still read good novels, care about good films, and think occasionally."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Rohmer's playful work is both witty and observant."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The question at the center of this almost Shakespearean comedy is this: Why is it better to listen to our conscience in matters of love, rather than listen to our wayward, faithless heart?"
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Perhaps the director's best-known and best-liked film."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"A charming French film about the tug-of-war between a man's structured beliefs and his desires."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Comes very close to being a perfect movie of its kind."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Despite their constant chatter, the characters come alive without seeming too intellectual or too removed."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Touching and funny."
‑ , Film4
"A masterpiece."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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