Chloe in the Afternoon (L'amour l'après-midi) (1972) - Rotten Tomatoes

Chloe in the Afternoon (L'amour l'après-midi) (1972)




Critic Consensus: Eric Rohmer's Chloe in the Afternoon doesn't need sparkly cinematic dross to discover unspoken, universal truths about relationships and love through filmmaking.

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Eric Rohmer ends his cycle of Six Moral Tales with this delightful film starring Bernard Verley as Frédéric, a happily married man who discovers that he can't stop looking at beautiful women. As he says in a voice-over, "I feel marriage closes me in, cloisters me, and I want to escape." His escape comes to him in the form of Chloé (Zouzou), a woman from his past. Chloé had left for America as a successful model but has now returned to Paris, bored with her life and saddled with a man she doesn't love. Although Frédéric is reluctant to see her at first, they agree to meet in the afternoons -- just to talk. He feels a freedom with her that he doesn't experience with anyone else because they have, he thinks, no commitments to each other. So, they talk of their problems and their relationships and, before long, Frédéric finds that he is becoming increasingly attracted to her. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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A wonderfully cool and lucid exposition of the twists and turns of its hero's thoughts.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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What makes Rohmer's films so sparkling and intelligent is the way in which he watches his characters. Nothing escapes him, and he uses the angle of a glance, the tilt of a head, the precise set of a mouth, in order to create wonderfully complex characters

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Just because Mr. Rohmer keeps his focus short, clear and precise, one sees deeply into the lives of his characters without the sort of pretentious distortions of most movies that deal in metapsors.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

In the couple's eventual rapprochement, Rohmer argues persuasively for a love illuminated by reason, a sexuality enhanced by self-awareness.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Though the film is talky and boring, its moral ethic lesson is compelling even if the hero isn't.

June 6, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A fitting close to the series.

November 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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