Max My Love (Max Mon Amour) (1996)




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Fabled Japanese filmmaker Nagisa Oshima was the guiding hand behind the fast-paced French comedy Max, Mon Amour. The "Max" with whom the elegant Charlotte Rampling falls in love is a circus chimpanzee (played by a short-statured man in a monkey suit). Charlotte's British-ambassador husband Anthony Higgins has long suspected that his wife was cheating on him, but he certainly isn't prepared for her simian paramour. Amazingly, the film never descends into goofiness: Oshima uses his unorthodox plotline to poke holes in the self-protective pretensions of the Bourgeoisie. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
R (for some aberrant sexual content)
Art House & International , Comedy
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Anthony Higgins
as Peter Jones
Diana Quick
as Camille
Milena Vukotic
as Margaret's Mother
Pierre Étaix
as Detective
Claude Jaeger
as Zoologist
Sabine Haudepin
as Francoise
Nicole Calfan
as Helene
Laurent Spielvogel
as Dr. Mischler
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Critic Reviews for Max My Love (Max Mon Amour)

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Max Mon Amour isn't as good as [Nagisa Oshima's other] movies, but then what else is?

Full Review… | April 3, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Despite the potentially subversive material, the film frankly lacks bite.

Full Review… | April 3, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

It's the kind of inane pic that makes you wonder why Oshima was drawn to it.

Full Review… | January 14, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Leaves us with nothing much but a vague sensation of surrealism that comes from seeing an affair between a woman and a chimp being treated in a matter-of-fact way.

Full Review… | April 3, 2012
Austin Chronicle

Impossible to take seriously or as satire, this film is an embarrassment to humanity and our cousins in the jungle.

Full Review… | April 3, 2012
Empire Magazine

On the whole, it works as a witty, black comedy of manners that judiciously avoids the vulgarity inherent in the subject.

Full Review… | April 3, 2012

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