Wednesday, March 6, 2013

CLAIRE'S KNEE (1970): Treat a Nymphet Like a Woman

In Éric Rohmer's Claire's Knee (1970) [French: Le genou de Claire Jérôme], Jérôme, the 35-year-old French diplomat, is infatuated with the Claire and has an insatiable desire to touch her young knee, but it's Laura, Claire's 15-year-old sister, who has fallen in love with Jérôme. Thus, Jérôme must decide if he should pursue Claire, his young unrequited love and knee fetish, or accept the convincing advances of Laura. 

In the film, after Jérôme kissed Laura, she shared: "You know, I think I fell a little bit in love with you [...] Age doesn't matter to me. I've never been able to love a boy my age."

Subsequently, she added, "You know, I may look like a little kid, but appearances can be deceiving. I'm really quite mature for my age."

Interestingly, Claire's Knee (1970) reveals that a nymphet typically wants to be treated like a lady and referred to as a woman, because she is a [young] woman.

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