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 (Beatrice 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 Managhan). Struggling to suppress his desires, Jerome decides to channel his energies into one simple act, a gentle caress of Claire's knee.
I know this is supposed to be one of Rohmer's masterpeice's but I much prefer his later works. It's hard to enjoy some of his films where all the character's are not likeable and going through middle class existential crises. In this film the lead character is particularly unattractive - partly because I couldn't see the point of his need to control his emotions to touch Claire's knee but mostly because his lerching after young girls was thoroughly disturbing. Perhaps reflects the time it was made?