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Love In The Afternoon Review

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Director Billy Wilder salutes his idol, Ernst Lubitsch, with this comedy about a middle-aged playboy fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client.

★★★★

Although Eric Rohmer is best known for his insights into the psychology of love-struck single women, heís also atuned to the fantasies and doubts of professional men caught between youth and middle age.

The final instalment of his Six Moral Tales has Bernard Verley facing the same dilemma as Jean-Claude Brialy in the earlier Claire's Knee - whether to indulge in a no-strings fling despite being happily attached elsewhere.

Rohmer effortlessly captures the exquisite agony of Verley's temptation by making Zouzou irresistibly alive and wife Francoise Verley adorably devoted.