Genou de Claire (1970)
Rohmer's fifth of his Six Moral Tales is a talky, intellectually erotic
film about Jerome, a man in his late thirties, about to get married, who
spends a summer at Lake Annecy with his old friend Aurora, her friend
Mme. Walter, and the latter's two teenage girls, Laura and Claire. As
Laura is smitten by the mature, experienced man, Jerome himself balances
his proclaimed physical self-control with his fascination for female
youth in a game of dares orchestrated by the enigmatic writer Aurora.
The candid, self-assured openness of Le Genou de Claire could
only spring from the French New Wave. It is a tribute to art as such,
and film as an art form. The film is without a musical score, but boasts
Nestor Almendros' wonderful photography, and Rohmer's discussive,
unrestrained thematics of lust and love - across generations, but never
while compromising a sense of ethics. Rohmer captures the delicacy of
every situation. His film is simple, beautiful and interesting, if ultimately
over-analytical. Rohmer favourite Romand is a complete delight as Laura.