Theatrical Release Date: 19 Oct 2004
Home Ent. Release Date: 27 Oct 2002
The fifth and undeniably most accessible of French auteur Eric Rohmer’s Moral Tales, Claire’s Knee concerns Jerome (Jean-Claude Brialy), an affianced diplomat who bumps into successful novelist and old flame Aurora (Aurora Cornu) whilst holidaying by the picturesque Lac d’Annecy. In search of inspiration, Aurora persuades Jerome to indulge in a little flirtation with Laura (Béatrice Romand), the sprightly teenage daughter of an acquaintance. However, events take a more serious turn when the diplomat finds himself falling for Laura’s luminous half-sister Claire (Laurence de Monaghan). Struggling to suppress his desires, Jerome decides to channel his energies into one simple act, a gentle caress of Claire’s knee. Widely considered by many to be the greatest filmmaker at work today, Claire’s Knee is amongst the influential writer-director’s most cherished works. More than simply a comedy or a drama, though it wonderfully succeeds as both, the assured and beautifully crafted film is a perceptive moral inquisition and a subtle exploration of free will and moral duty and the gulf between impulse and reason and disillusion and hope.