Claire's Knee (1970)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners  |   Release Date - Dec 11, 1970 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - France  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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The fifth of Eric Rohmer's "Six Moral Tales," Claire's Knee is a deliciously Rohmeresque story of sexual obsession. French diplomat Jerome (Jean-Claude Brialy), on a resort vacation, 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. Realizing that to be revealed as a fetishist would be ruinous for him, Jerome does not act upon his obsession. Eventually he gets to fulfill his yearnings by placing his hand upon Claire's knee, a gesture which she assumes is out of sympathy for a personal crisis she is going through. Originally released as Le Genou de Claire, this film was the recipient of the Prix Louis Delluc and the Prix Melies.

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crisis, fetish [sexual], knee, love, obsession, self-deception, sexual, vacation

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High Artistic Quality