Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire)


Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire) (1971)



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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.


Critic Reviews for Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire)

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

The film was rapturously received as a cinematic equivalent to Jane Austen at the time of its original release.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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Claire's Knee is a movie for people who still read good novels, care about good films, and think occasionally.

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

Comes very close to being a perfect movie of its kind.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5

The penultimate entry in Eric Rohmer's series of Six Moral Tales, and the loveliest, most crystalline of the lot.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

A constellation of flirtations, glances, smiles and fibs pulled together by Rohmer with an exquisite Lubitsch deadpan, his camera as warm as sunlight and cutting like a scalpel

Feb 15, 2015 | Full Review…

[VIDEO ESSAY] As much a French cultural touchstone as a charming and nuanced picture of desire "Claire's Knee" is Eric Rohmer's best-known film.

Nov 23, 2014 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Claire's Knee (Le genou de Claire)


Eric Rohmer. I get it, I like his sensibilities, and I think he is an important filmmaker. But "Claire's Knee" is just grueling for me. I found nothing to latch onto. I though the way the characters spoke was the farthest thing from reality. I also don't mind slow films, but this was slow for almost no reason. I know people will jump to disagree with me, but the story, while simple, could have used just a tad bit of flare- at least from the actors. I don't know, nothing about the film struck me as engaging or emotional. I understood the message perfectly fine, but to make it meaningful I needed a touchstone of some sort and it was sorely missing.

Steven Carrier
Steven Carrier

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Extremely poetic,disturbing to the sense of tripping controversies,aye,we do realize censorship committees the judgmental issue of age difference and there is passion between....almost all in this film.It remains a gem of spiritual liberty though and you better get some immorality lesson.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

It was okay. I fell asleep watching it once and had to finish it a different day. It was sorta like a French "Lolita" without the sex, and much less interesting.

Megan S
Megan S

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