->Richard Lester's "Petulia" made me desperately unhappy, and yet I am unable to find a single thing wrong with it. I suppose that is high praise.
--> '''Roger Ebert''', in his [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19680701/REVIEWS/807010301/1023 four-star review of the film]].

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[[caption-width-right:320: What lies behind that endearing kookiness? It's [[YouDoNotWantToKnow better not to ask...]]]]
''Petulia'' is a 1968 film directed by Richard Lester, starring Julie Christie and GeorgeCScott. Recently divorced Dr. Archie Bollen (Scott) and newly married socialite Petulia Danner (Christie) are both dissatisfied with their lives. The problem is that neither knows ''what'' it is he or she wants. Archie had a perfectly loving marriage until he chose to end it - why, not even he can tell. Petulia creates around her a frenzy of activity to escape ''something'' in her life.

The two embark on an affair as a result of simply another one of those inexplicable impulses that mark Petulia's decisions. Their different personalities - Petulia's whimsical intensity and Archie's gentle passivity - gives both a fleeting understanding of what it is they lack. However, that very combination of impulse and lack of resistance leads them to mutually reject their chance at a meaningful relationship.

!!Tropes

* CloudCuckooLander: Petulia.
--> '''Archie: '''I should explain about Petulia. She is a kook.
* NothingIsScarier: An unusual, non-horror example. We wonder what's wrong with Archie. There ''must'' be a reason why he left his family. He can't have left for no reason at all...surely?
* TheSixties: A common audience response is that ''Film/{{Petulia}}'' doesn't feel like a film ''of'' the sixties as much as a film ''about'' or ''looking back'' at the sixties.