Laurent proceeds to try his hand at picking up girls at the retreat and jealously watches his mother as a friend from school tries to seduce her. Laurent and his mother have such an intimate relationship as she shares her inner turmoil with him about her affair and relationship. Malle was really great at hinting but not being predictable with the film. He leaves indications of what will happen but never is overt with it or heavy handed. He doesn’t want you to figure it out for yourself he wants you to watch the film! We saw Clara cheat earlier on her husband and Laurent see but we don’t know where that story line is going until she leaves her paramour to stay with Laurent. We see Laurent reading a sexual book but later he founds his mother reading the same thing. The way Malle subtly ties things in that have such subtle dramatic meaning is wonderful.
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