Max, mon amour (Max My Love). 1986. France/USA/Japan. Directed by Nagisa Oshima. Screenplay by Oshima, Jean-Claude Carrière. With Charlotte Rampling, Anthony Higgins, Victoria Abril. In English, French; English subtitles. 92 min.
Carrière’s only collaboration with Nagisa Oshima (Death by Hanging, Boy, In the Realm of the Senses) satirizes bourgeois pieties and hypocrisies in typically Buñuelian fashion, as English diplomat Anthony Higgins and his wife Charlotte Rampling nobly attempt to assimilate her unlikely lover—a circus chimpanzee—into civilized society.
35mm print from Institut Français; courtesy Rialto Pictures