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Join us for one of the key works by the great French filmmaker Eric Rohmer.
Recipient of the Prix Louis Delluc and the Prix Méliès, Le Genou de Claire is a deliciously Rohmeresque story of sexual obsession. French diplomat Jérôme (Jean-Claude Brialy), on a resort vacation, meets Claire (Laurence De Monaghan), the teenage daughter of a friend. Though engaged to be married, Jérôme 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, Jérôme does not act upon his obsession, but longs to fulfill his yearnings.
"As with all the films of Eric Rohmer, "Claire's Knee" exists at levels far removed from plot.. What is really happening in this movie happens on the level of character, of thought, of the way people approach each other and then shy away. In some movies, people murder each other and the contact is casual; in a work by Eric Rohmer, small attitudes and gestures can summon up a university of humanity." Roger Ebert
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