|Directed by||Éric Rohmer|
|Produced by||Pierre Cottrell
|Written by||Éric Rohmer|
Laurence de Monaghan
|Edited by||Cécile Decugis|
|Release date(s)||February 21, 1971
|Running time||105 minutes|
On the eve of his wedding, whilst holidaying at Lake Annecy, Jerome, a career diplomat, accidentally meets up again with Aurora, an old, very close friend. Through her Jerome meets her landlady, Madame Walter, together with her youngest teenage daughter, Laura. Aurora tries to talk Jerome into a flirt with Laura, but he initially resists the tease. Jerome and Laura undertake a hike together in the mountains, and she develops a schoolgirl crush for Jerome which he finds increasingly difficult to resist.
A few days later, Laura's attractive elder half-sister arrives, and Jerome proceeds to fall -- not for Claire in her alluring bikini, but for Claire's knee, which he irresistibly longs to touch.
However, Jerome controls his temptation. Eventually an opportunity presents itself during a boat trip on the lake when Jerome and Claire have to seek shelter in a hut from an approaching storm. Jerome tells Claire that he saw her boyfriend, Gilles, together with another girl. When Claire starts to cry Jerome consoles her by placing his hand upon Claire's knee.
- Jean-Claude Brialy as Jerome, the diplomat
- Aurora Cornu as Aurora, the novelist
- Béatrice Romand as Laura, the younger half-sister
- Laurence de Monaghan as Claire, the elder half-sister
- Michèle Montel as Madame Walter, mother to Laura and Claire
- Gérard Falconetti as Gilles
- Fabrice Luchini as Vincent
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The film received the Louis Delluc prize as best French film of the year.
- "Claire's Knee (1970)". NYT. The New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2012.
- Claire's Knee at the Internet Movie Database
- Claire's Knee at Rotten Tomatoes
- Claire's Knee at AllMovie
- Criterion Collection essay by Molly Haskell
- on Claire’s Knee by Daniel Hayes
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