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Unfaithful (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
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From the director of Fatal Attraction comes "a steamy thriller" (People Magazine) about physical passion so intense, it consumes everything - and everyone - in its path. Edward and Connie Summer (Richard Gere, Diane Lane) have the perfect life: a happy marriage, an eight year old son, and a beautiful house in the suburbs. But when Connie's chance encounter with a handsome stranger (Olivier Martinez) erupts into a full-blown affair, desire becomes obsession, and the true price of betrayal takes a shattering toll. Pulsing with heart-pounding suspense and erotic thrills, Unfaithful is "sexy", stylish and seductive!" (Wireless Magazine)
If you ever need dramatic proof that adultery is inevitably destructive, look no further than Adrian Lynes Unfaithful. Drawing inspiration from Claude Chabrols 1969 film La Femme Infidèle, the director of Fatal Attraction is mining similar territory here, but this grownup thriller is more intimate than Lynes dead-bunny potboiler, probing more deeply into the rush of conflicting emotions provoked by infidelity. In what many critics praised as the role of her career, Diane Lane plays the instigator of emotional turmoil, a seemingly happy housewife and fundraiser who cheats on her devoted husband (Richard Gere, in a welcomed change of pace) when she casually encounters a seductive Frenchman (cliché alert!) played by Olivier Martinez. Allowing his actors to speak volumes without words, Lyne emphasizes silent tension over explicit thrills, creating a sexually charged thriller that remains riveting even as it turns partially predictable. "Someone always gets hurt," says one character in a pivotal scene, and Unfaithful fulfills that prophesy in a timeless tale of passion. --Jeff Shannon
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From the first few moments of this film, Unfaithful had me hooked. The story is an old one, a woman who seems to have it all is drawn into a tumultous affair with a handsome and mysterious stranger but never have I seen the destructive nature of adultery put on screen before. It's like the 5th and 6th chapter of Proverbs were the basis for the screenplay here. It's a sad and tragic tale here and might serve as a warning to those whom are considering having an affair, simply don't! Run like the wind!!
Unfaithful is rated R for sex scenes, nudity and some foul language, (totally in context). I used my trusty fast forward button to get through the sex scenes, although they are necessary to this story I got the picture without having to watch it.
It's a really well written and superbly acted thriller, Diane Lane and Richard Gere do some of their best work here and Adrian Lynnes direction is great as well, you are really drawn in to this story and at times you almost feel like you can't breathe, the tension is high.
Brilliant film but use your fast forward button about 4 times!!
Thanks for reading.
Of course the movie is unrealistic from beginning to end. First, few wife/mothers entering the early stages of middle age have Lane's body. Second, the odds of running into a French playboy are slim at best. Third, it's probably not going to end in murder, but will almost certainly end in disgrace, divorce, the loss of both family AND boyfriend.
So go ahead and fantasize, ladies, but if the movie convinces you not to act on the fantasy, it will have served some small purpose. And give me an honest answer: If you thought the French guy was sexy, didn't you also get the feeling, when Gere's character confronted him, that it was a meeting of a grownup and a boy?
A chance encounter on a windy street in New York where Connie collides with a book dealer changes everything. He is a handsome stranger that exudes a sexuality that Connie finds totally irresistable. Their relationship almost immediately goes sexual and Connie begins to obsess over him, thinking about him to the point where she starts to forget everything else.
Edward becomes suspicious and when his detective presents him with the evidence of his wife’s affair there is a tragedy that Edward tries to cover up. Connie becomes aware of what Edward did and together they try to plot a strategy for their future. The ending is ambiguous, the viewer does not learn what their main course of action is.
Lane does a superb job of playing the woman with a brief and extremely intense sexual obsession. Nothing else seems to matter in her life and Olivier Martinez is also superb in his understated performance as the irresistable male. Gere’s role is largely relegated to a secondary position for most of the movie, it is necessary for the obsession to build to what the viewer understands is going to be some form of disaster. Nothing that intense can last that long, emotion that strong cannot be sustained. Without a great performance by the female lead in expressing her obsession, this movie would be dull in all parts except when Lane is nude.
While others will no doubt disagree, I enjoyed the “imagine your own ending” ending.Read more ›
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Temptation is always there around the corner.. And everyone could be tempted by a love affair. but it rarely ends in a beautiful way.Published on Nov. 11 2013 by estelle cazelais
Suspensful and full of action from the beginning to the end. Never tire of watching this movie and have others hookedPublished on June 3 2013 by Paula
A suburban housewife(who is dressed as plain jane but wears hooker shoes) meets French book dealer(who sounds like he just came from Mexico). Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Victoria
THIS MOVIE HAD THE BEST EROTIC SCENE EVER ......WHEN THE WIFE WENT TO THIS GUY'S APT. , SHE WANTED HIM SO BAD THAT AFTER SHE LEFT THE APT AND TURNED HIM DOWN SHE HASSLED BACK TO... Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by O. GHALY
Months before the award ceremonies that honoured 2002 began, there seemed to be an unspoken decision among the powers that be that the actress of the year would be Nicole Kidman... Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by M. DALTON
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