César and Rosalie / César et Rosalie (1972)

3.5 out of 5

Rosalie, played by Romy Schneider, is at the centre of a love triangle. On the one side is César. Played by Yves Montand, he is a dependable, sometimes impulsive, Nigel Farage-esque, businessman. On the other is David. He is the moody, slightly rebellious, arty type. Played by Sami Frey, he inks comic books for a living.

Classically seventies, and at times aesthetically not unlike Neither the Sea nor the Sand, this Claude Sautet helmed French, Italian and West German production primarily concentrates upon the bromance-cum-rivalry of the male leads. However, here, despite the title, the character of Rosalie is far from fully rounded. Instead, existing in a netherworld, somewhere between Knife in the Water and Jules et Jim, she drifts around, vacantly, in a haze of opaque motivation and the occasional cloud of cigarette smoke.

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