Suzanne’s Career (1963)

Suzanne’s Career (La carriere de Suzanne)
Directed by Eric Rohmer
Written by Eric Rohmer
1963/France
Les Films du Losange
First viewing/FilmStruck

We have to show what lies beyond behavior, while knowing we can’t show anything but behavior. — Eric Rohmer

A fan girl rekindles her love affair with Rohmer from near the beginning.

Bertrand is a reserved and serious young first year pharmacy student.  His friend Guillaume is a self-styled ladies’ man and player.  For some reason, Guillaume finds it necessary to draw Bertrand into a chaste threesome with the somewhat naive Suzanne.  Guillaume is not a nice person and he enlists Bertrand in convincing Suzanne to finance some high times over a few weeks.  But Suzanne gets the last laugh.

Over the next few “years” of viewing my readers will become accustomed to my gushing over the films of Eric Rommer.  This is not among the strongest of these but still enjoyable. I love the way the director captures the fumbling cluelessness of cock-sure young lovers.

Clips from the six moral tales