Claire’s Knee (1970)

Dir. Eric Rohmer

One of what Rohmer labelled his ‘six moral tales’, the film follows French diplomat Jerome (Jean-Claude Brialy), who is on a resort vacation and 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. Realising that to be revealed as a fetishist would be ruinous for him, Jerome does not act upon his obsession. The film manages to be both serious as well as lighthearted.

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