Claire's Knee

Genre:  Drama
Release year:  2002

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Synopsis

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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