Loss of Innocence (1961)
“He’s interested in that young girl, and there’s nothing you can do about it!”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
… the drama that plays out between all the various parties — including not just the triangle of York, More, and Darrieux, but Darrieux’s [coded] lesbian lover (Claude Nollier):
… as well as a resentful young teenager (David Saire) working at the hotel:
… comes across as too many subplots vying for space; and this doesn’t even account for the sudden appearance of a police inspector (Raymond Gérôme) who More is keenly interested in hiding from.
Poor Darrieux is relegated to playing a jealous middle-aged woman who deeply resents the children for intruding on her affair with More; many of her lines are quite laughable, as when she says to York: “I had not understood that any of you were so… so big!”
You can skip this one unless you’re curious.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
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Rewatch. Skip it. A rambling, nostalgic / romantic piffle.