Max My Love (Max Mon Amour)
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Fabled Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima was the guiding hand behind the fast-paced French comedy Max, Mon Amour. The "Max" with whom the elegant Charlotte Rampling falls in love is a circus chimpanzee (played by a short-statured man in a monkey suit). Charlotte's British-ambassador husband Anthony Higgins has long suspected that his wife was cheating on him, but he certainly isn't prepared for her simian paramour. Amazingly, the film never descends into goofiness: Oshima uses his unorthodox plotline to poke holes in the self-protective pretensions of the Bourgeoisie. ~ Hal… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Max Mon Amour isn't as good as [Nagisa Oshima's other] movies, but then what else is?"
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Impossible to take seriously or as satire, this film is an embarrassment to humanity and our cousins in the jungle."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"If you've wondered what kind of continental TV pilot Sherwood Schwartz might have devised from watching Zoo, here's your answer."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Despite the potentially subversive material, the film frankly lacks bite."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out New York
"On the whole, it works as a witty, black comedy of manners that judiciously avoids the vulgarity inherent in the subject."
‑ , Film4
"Leaves us with nothing much but a vague sensation of surrealism that comes from seeing an affair between a woman and a chimp being treated in a matter-of-fact way."
‑ Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle
"A wry mix of King Kong and My Man Godfrey, it's a potent premise that somehow never catches fire..."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
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