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César and Rosalie

César et Rosalie

Directed by Claude Sautet
France, Italy, 1972
Drama, Romance
  • French
  • English
Claude Sautet: A French Classic

Synopsis

César (Yves Motand) is in love with Rosalie (Romy Schneider). But she isn’t making it easy, especially when her old flame enters the picture. Thus begins a ménage-à-trois, in which the two men compete for the affection of their impulsive lady love, only to slowly form their own grudging friendship.

Our take

A fiery romance turns to a love triangle in another underrated film by Claude Sautet. Revising a familiar scenario of doomed love and romantic indecision, Sautet executes his tale with wisdom and complexity in regards to gender and relationship politics. These are characters you won’t soon forget.

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