Cinema: Minus Ambiguity

The Third Lover flashes a beacon of straightforward storytelling over the dark seas of French cinematic symbolism: with its honest camera work and well-motivated plot, the film is unlikely to provoke much cocktail party comment because it is so understandable.

The picture is about envy. A French newspaper writer (Jacques Charrier) comes to a village outside Munich and, after basking for a while in self-pity because nobody will notice him, manages to meet a jolly German (Walther Reyer) who is a famous and successful author. To Charrier's amazement, Reyer and his stunning wife (Stephane Audran) make him feel so at home in...

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