In this talky lighthearted slow-paced melodrama, Jerome, a cultural attache, spends his last summer holidays as a bachelor at Lake Annecy where he meets Aurora, an Italian writer and old friend. She talks him into a flirt with his landlady's teenage daughter, Laura, which he indulges in until he meets and falls for Laura's blonde half-sister Claire and develops a desire to caress her knee. Jerome eventually dares to try his luck with Claire, only to realize that, unlike with Laura, his affections this time are mostly one-sided.
Otto Oberhauser <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>
Did You Know?
Without counting a picture frame seen from the distance, the title character's first appearance takes place after 47 minutes into the film. See more
Near the end of the movie, Jerôme and Claire Annecy are going by boat to Annecy but have to seek refuge under a shelter because of a storm. During their conversation, the irregular flow of the watering device used to create the big rain can be clearly heard. See more
She arouses a desire in me that's real yet has no purpose and is all the stronger because of it. Pure desire. A desire of nothing. I don't wish to act on it, but it bothers me to feel it. I didn't think I'd ever desire a woman again. And I don't even really want her. If she threw herself at me, I'd refuse.