You might call its effects on me 'quintessential' cinema; at once ambivalent about its ends while being completely swept up in its liveliness (naughtiness). The vignette structure would be an ethical compromise if it wasn't playing the long con, testing to find our own boundaries and the point they feel breached. That family dynamics occur naturely and rather closed off is depicted pretty remarkably.
Well, I don't know if it's right or wrong or whether any of that even matters, but it was so fun! It's hard not to fall in love with these characters, especially Laurent and his brothers. I kept expecting things to go sour, and the end just made my heart smile. Thank you again monsieur Malle!