L' Amour l'Après-Midi (Chloe in the Afternoon) (Love in the Afternoon)
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L' Amour l'Après-Midi (Chloe in the Afternoon) (Love in the Afternoon)
Eric Rohmer ends his cycle of Six Moral Tales with this delightful film starring Bernard Verley as Frédéric, a happily married man who discovers that he can't stop looking at beautiful women. As he says in a voice-over, "I feel marriage closes me in, cloisters me, and I want to escape." His escape comes to him in the form of Chloé (Zouzou), a woman from his past. Chloé had left for America as a successful model but has now returned to Paris, bored with her life and saddled with a man she doesn't love. Although Frédéric is reluctant to see her at first, they agree to meet in… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A wonderfully cool and lucid exposition of the twists and turns of its hero's thoughts."
‑ , Time Out
"In the couple's eventual rapprochement, Rohmer argues persuasively for a love illuminated by reason, a sexuality enhanced by self-awareness."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"I suppose the ultimate point is whether or not Frédéric gives in, but the ride itself is quite fascinating."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"At least as moral quandaries go, Love has one worth pondering. And if you feel otherwise, you can at least groove on the 1970s fashions."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"It's a noteworthy portrait of love, desire and happiness."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"What makes Rohmer's films so sparkling and intelligent is the way in which he watches his characters. Nothing escapes him, and he uses the angle of a glance, the tilt of a head, the precise set of a mouth, in order to create wonderfully complex characters"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Though the film is talky and boring, its moral ethic lesson is compelling even if the hero isn't."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a beautiful character study about what it is to love one woman and yet be in love with all women"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"[Rohmer is a] cerebral French master."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"An elegant and moral study of yearning in the life of a married man who's attracted another woman."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Just because Mr. Rohmer keeps his focus short, clear and precise, one sees deeply into the lives of his characters without the sort of pretentious distortions of most movies that deal in metapsors."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A fitting close to the series."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film builds its emotional structure gradually"
‑ Douglas Pratt, Movie City News
"There exists in Chloe's characters a rare sort of self-reflection, and it's immensely gratifying to watch in action."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"One of [Rohmer's] best."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies