Peter is a British diplomat in Paris. He is told by a detective that his wife, Margaret, has rented a flat where she spends quite a few hours monkeying around with a lover – a chimpanzee called Max! The relationship is serious, heartfelt, and sexual, so Peter invites the chimp to live with them…
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This is a film that as you are watching it you are asking yourself what made Rampling do this? Was finances hard for her in 1986? Was it because she got to work with Oshima? She wanted to take Darwin's theory to the extreme? This is a terrible movie and just doesn't make sense.
6/10. Despite some fantastic scenes (see Charlotte Rampling trying to stop her chimpanzee making out with her in front of dinner guests, the monkey holding the humans at gun point) and a great premise, MAX MON AMOUR can't quite commit either deadpan absurdist comedy or fucked up relationship drama, and the film overall suffers as a result.