Love in the Afternoon

"Good"

Love in the Afternoon Review


The finale of Eric Rohmer's "moral tales," a six-part filmed essay on modern morality. Unfortunately, Love is distinguished by little more than the tepid non-choice presented by its milquetoast hero (lovely Chloe (Zouzou) tries to seduce the otherwise happily married man) and some of the worst lighting ever to sour a film (though this has thankfully been repaired in Criterion's new DVD release). The self-obsessed running commentary of Frédéric (Bernard Verley) isn't so much a bore as it is simply conceited, but there's something deep here as he wrestles with whether he should give in toe Chloe's advances or return home to his loving (though boring) wife. At least as moral quandaries go, Love has one worth pondering. And if you feel otherwise, you can at least groove on the 1970s fashions.

For more discussion of the "six moral tales," see the review of My Night at Maud's.

Aka L'Amour l'après-midi, Chloe in the Afternoon.



Love in the Afternoon

Facts and Figures

Run time: 130 mins

In Theaters: Sunday 30th June 1957

Distributed by: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Production compaines: Allied Artists Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Fresh: 21 Rotten: 3

IMDB: 7.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Frank Flannagan, as Ariane Chavasse / Thin Girl, as Claude Chavasse, as Monsieur X, as Michel, as Madame X, Olga Valéry as Hotel Guest with Dog, as le réceptionniste du Ritz, as le commissaire de police, Moustache as le boucher

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