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The Lovers by Louis Malle, another disappointing ‘classic’ French Film

While easy on the eyes, this film fumbles the story.  Chekhov told a pretty conventional story, in The Lady with the Little Dog.  It’s a love story but a love story ultimately skeptical of love.  The Lovers tells a pretty unconventional story, but it feels so conventional.  I think Malle is trying to make the same point as Chekhov but instead he falls victim to the bane of French film: he gets tripped up in style.

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