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Romance (1999)

R  |   |  Drama  |  14 April 1999 (France)
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Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher cannot handle the almost complete lack of intimacy he will allow. Increasingly ... See full summary »

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Marie
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Paul
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Robert
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Paolo
Reza Habouhossein ...
Man on stairs
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Ashley
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Charlotte
Fabien de Jomaron ...
Claude
Carla ...
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Nadia Latoui ...
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Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher cannot handle the almost complete lack of intimacy he will allow. Increasingly frustrated, she gradually finds her sexual appetites leading her into ever more risky situations, including a developing one with the headmaster. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Love is desolate. Romance is temporary. Sex is forever.

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Rated R for language and strong sexual content including dialogue | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$44,829 (USA) (17 September 1999)

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$1,282,941 (USA) (12 November 1999)
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The film is dedicated to actress and director Christine Pascal, who committed suicide in 1996. See more »

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At the end of the movie, Marie feels she'll give birth soon, so she tries to wake up Paul. During this scene she moves in a way which is impossible for a woman in her state of pregnancy. See more »

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Marie: Porn is nothing more than curing one's libido with its depiction. But what one doesn't permit for oneself, one can't allow in a picture either. The very moment an image shows us, it exposes us completely.
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Spanish Storme
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Arranged and mixed by Sean Spencer (as DJ Spen) et 'Jonathan Lesane' (as Josane) for Spensane Productions
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Why all the fuss?
26 June 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Romance achieved a lot of attention in Australia as it was initially banned. Now it's available from any decent video store so every adult can see what the fuss was all about. I think few of them will be able understand why the censors had so much problem with it. Basically you have several hard-ons and a bit of bondage in the middle of a talky French art-house movie. The fundamental problem with Romance is we can never understand what Marie sees in Paul. It's as simple as that. If we COULD understand then perhaps we'd have a provocative and thought-provoking examination of love, sex, loyalty and betrayal. But we don't. It's not to say the movie isn't worth watching, just don't expect too much. Last Tango In Paris was much braver and confronting (albeit less explicit) nearly thirty years ago. Closer to home, Breaking The Waves shares some similar themes and situations, and is a much more successful and emotionally involving experience.


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