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Claire's Knee

Le genou de Claire

Directed by Éric Rohmer
France, 1970
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

“Why would I tie myself to one woman if I were interested in others?” says Jerôme, even as he plans on marrying a diplomat’s daughter by summer’s end. Before then, Jerôme spends his July at a lakeside boardinghouse nursing crushes on the sixteen-year-old Laura and her blonde stepsister, Claire.

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Claire's Knee Directed by Éric Rohmer

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1972 | 2 wins including: Best Foreign Language Film

Golden Globes (USA)

1972 | Nominee: Best Foreign-Language Foreign Film

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1971 | 3rd place: Best Screenplay

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1971 | Winner: Best Film

1971 | 2 runner-up prizes including: Best Director

Even if Rohmer’s characters hew primarily to the middle class, the filmmaker’s gaze (complemented, in many of these works, by cinematographer extraordinaire Néstor Almendros) is all-inclusive. Witness Claire’s Knee, in which Rohmer relates a battle of generational wits with a complexity akin to Marcel Proust.
September 13, 2016
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The most striking performances in the film come from the youngsters, especially Beatrice Romand as Laura and Fabrice Luchini as her motormouthed friend Vincent. Romand looks like a sly sylph under a mop of curls, and is one of those rare actors who can convey the act of thinking without saying a word. Her face is a seismograph of reactions to Jérôme’s flirtations, at once ecstatic, disbelieving, and suspicious.
June 28, 2016
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The goatish gaze, the author’s theorem: “To be written, it must happen.” The shapely structure is a transposition of Laclos with Nabokov echoes filtering through, Eric Rohmer sculpts it most sagaciously against the luscious greens and blues of Annecy in the summertime.
February 16, 2015
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