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




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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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Bernard Verley
as Frederic
as Chloe
Malvina Penne
as Fabienne
Jean-Louis Livi
as The Comrade
Irene Skobline
as The Saleslady
Claude Bertrand
as The Male Student
Sylvaine Charlet
as The Landlady
Suze Randall
as The Nurse
Francoise Fabian
as Dream Sequence
Marie-Christine Barrault
as Dream Sequence
Haydee Politoff
as Dream Sequence
Aurora Cornu
as Dream Sequence
Béatrice Romand
as Dream Sequence
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Critic Reviews for Chloe in the Afternoon (L'amour l'après-midi)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4)

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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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

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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In the couple's eventual rapprochement, Rohmer argues persuasively for a love illuminated by reason, a sexuality enhanced by self-awareness.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Though the film is talky and boring, its moral ethic lesson is compelling even if the hero isn't.

Full Review… | June 6, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A fitting close to the series.

Full Review… | November 15, 2007
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Chloe in the Afternoon (L'amour l'après-midi)


Yet another finely done, and extremely well-written, voice-over film. The movie that "I Think I Love My Wife" remade.

Jeff B
Jeff B

One of the best of the Moral Tales. Just a great, great film. Rohmer's typical mood predominates -- strong emotions self-analyzed with a profound philosophical calm. The intellect wrangles with the passions. Chloe is very complex -- off-putting and alluring at the same time; wise and childish. I feel just terrible for her by the time the story is through.

Will Miller
Will Miller

For the first half of this movie, I was really down on it. It felt like a very mundane love affair story with just a few unusual New Wave-y flourishes (I liked the daydream about the device that controls will power). But it took me by surprise and in the end I was satisfied. A minor but pleasing moral tale of temptation and fidelity.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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