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Director:
Writer:
Catherine Breillat (scenario and dialogue)
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Release Date:
14 April 1999 (Belgium) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Love is desolate. Romance is temporary. Sex is forever.
Plot:
Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
at best a few curious intellectualized moments and some (appropriately) uncomfortable real sex. the rest... See more (115 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Caroline Ducey ... Marie
Sagamore Stévenin ... Paul

François Berléand ... Robert

Rocco Siffredi ... Paolo
Reza Habouhossein ... Man on stairs
Ashley Wanninger ... Ashley
Emma Colberti ... Charlotte
Fabien de Jomaron ... Claude
Carla ... Model
Pierre Maufront ... Photographer
Antoine Amador ... Hairdresser
Roman Rouzier ... Echography technician
Oliver Buchette ... Head doctor (as Olivier Buchette)
Emmanuelle N'Guyen ... Midwife (as Emmanuelle N'guyen)
Nadia Latoui ... Nurse
Sylvie Drieu ... Assistant nurse
Samuel Charter ... Intern (as Samuel Chartier)
Alexis Gignoux ... Intern
Muriel Gregoire ... Intern (as Muriel Grégoire)
Sebastien Jochmans ... Intern (as Sébastien Jochmans)
Emmanuel Salengro ... Intern
Christian Poitrasson ... Lone man
Roberto Malone
Coco
Steve Cox
Jean-Pierre Daniel
Fovéa
Bernard Garreau
Hervé P. Gustave (as Pierre-Gustave Hervé)
Kosta
Alain L'Yle (as Alain Lille)
Kevin Long
Aziz
Marco
Karine Menachemoff
Angélique Polosse
Salomé
Cédric Samson
Yamine Tamerhoulet
Tramber
Vince
Caroline Virly
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Directed by
Catherine Breillat 
 
Writing credits
Catherine Breillat (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Catherine Jacques .... executive producer
Jean-François Lepetit .... producer
 
Original Music by
Raphaël Tidas 
DJ Valentin  (as D.J. Valentin)
 
Cinematography by
Giorgos Arvanitis 
 
Film Editing by
Agnès Guillemot 
 
Casting by
Estelle Bertrand 
Jacques Grant 
Catherine Hofer 
Nicolas Lublin 
Guylène Péan 
Michaël Weill 
 
Production Design by
Frédérique Belvaux 
 
Art Direction by
Valérie Leblanc Weber 
 
Set Decoration by
Alexis Forestier 
Pierre Gerbaux 
Julien Poitou-Weber  (as Julien Poitou Weber)
 
Costume Design by
Ann Dunsford  (as Anne Dunsford Varenne)
 
Makeup Department
Antoine Amador .... additional hair stylist
Claire Monatte .... hair stylist
Claire Monatte .... makeup artist
Christian Morales .... additional hair stylist
Pascal Thiollier .... additional makeup artist
 
Production Management
Max Belmessieri .... production manager
Bernard Brun .... post-production supervisor
Laurent Charchaude .... production manager
Philippe Guérinel .... production manager
Eddy Jabès .... production manager
Samir Larif .... production manager (as Samir Larrif)
Jean-Marc Maestracci .... production manager
Eric Margolis .... production manager
Denis Oliveau-Lebreton .... production manager
Anne Rogé .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrice Bigot .... second assistant director
Catherine Hofer .... assistant director
Michaël Weill .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Pascal Bloquet .... painter
Pqtrice Colardelli .... carpenter foreman
Michel Courtemanche .... carpenter
Bruno Devresse .... carpenter
Olivier Garand .... painter
Alain Gosse .... chief constructor
Daniel Grimm .... assistant decorator
Peter Hammond .... painter
Alexandre Jacques .... intern art department
Emmanuel Jaffre .... carpenter
Frédéric Jourdan .... carpenter
Alexandre Koubbachian .... assistant decorator (as Alexandra Koubbachian)
Brigitte Lefranc .... painter
Alexandra Pulman .... exteriors
Christine Rey .... tapestries
Véronique Robinson .... carpenter
Gérard Simonet .... chief carpenter
 
Sound Department
Emmanuel Augeard .... chief sound editor
Marc Authesserre .... head sound department
Eric Bonnard .... sound mixer (as Erix Bonnard)
Pascal Chauvin .... sound effects
Pascal Dedeye .... assistant sound effects
Joël Jacovella .... assistant sound editor
Paul Lainé .... sound
Marie Massiani .... chief sound effects operator
Pascale Paoli .... sound assistant
Peggy Rivoallan .... assistant sound engineer
Eric Tisserand .... head sound department
Alexandre Vraux .... assistant sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yorgos Angelou .... key grip
Thierry Engler .... electrician
Yorgos Giannelis .... assistant camera
Izet Kutlovac .... key electrician
Eric Le Roux .... Steadicam operator (as Eric Leroux)
Gilles Papillon .... electrician
Sergio Rodrigues .... electrician
Simos Sarketzis .... second assistant camera
Alain Thernisson .... electrician
Roger-Paul Tizio .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janet Latimer .... costumer
Janine Schlumberger .... seamstress
 
Editorial Department
Bernard Bran .... post-production
Fabrice Dequeant .... color timer
Christophe Nowak .... assistant editor
Agnès Touzeau .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Stéphane Ackermann .... composer: song "Dorn"
Carolyn Donovan .... composer: song "Spanish Storm"
Bruno Kramm .... composer: additional music
Jean-Marie Leau .... music coordinator
Jonathan Lesane .... composer: song "Spanish Storm"
Sean Spencer .... composer: song "Spanish Storm"
 
Other crew
Max Belmessieri .... location scout
Patrice Birzin .... groupman
Frédéric Bouchet .... production administrator
Didier Dekeyser .... laboratory technician
Marie-Christine Gauchée .... production administrator
Valéry Guibal .... finance director
Jean-François Lepetit .... presenter
Mélissa .... double: "Marie"
Georges Polonia .... groupman
Dominique Rémy .... production secretary
Séverine Siaut .... script supervisor
Emmanuelle Wiclezinski .... location scout
 
Thanks
Luc Barnier .... thanks
Richard Boidin .... thanks
Christian Bourgois .... thanks
Gilles Cappelletto .... thanks (as Gilles Cappeletto)
Jérôme Deschamps .... thanks
Gilles Garnier .... thanks
Georges Goldenstern .... thanks
Christian Guillon .... thanks
Marc Tessier .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and strong sexual content including dialogue (cut)
Runtime:
84 min | USA:99 min (unrated version)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R (reclassification) | Australia:Refused Classification (2000) | Brazil:18 (cut) (with restriction) | Canada:A (Alberta) | Canada:R (British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:XXX (Nova Scotia) | Canada:18 (Nova Scotia) (cut US version) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-18 (original rating) | Finland:K-16 (re-rating) | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (DVD rating) | France:-16 | Germany:18 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Ireland:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R-18 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:C | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:18 | Singapore:(Banned) | South Korea:18 (original rating) (cut) | South Korea:Limited (re-release) (uncut) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:18 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:R (cut)
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Trivia:
Director Catherine Breillat admitted to choosing Rocco Siffredi because she wanted a well-endowed actor in the role.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Marie:I gave my son his father's name. If someone up there counts souls, then we're even.
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Soundtrack:
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
at best a few curious intellectualized moments and some (appropriately) uncomfortable real sex. the rest..., 28 August 2009
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Someone hit the proverbial nail-on-the-head with Romance. A critic wrote that it's like a "bad update of an Antonioni film", and I think that's about as fair a description as one could ask for. It may also depend on how you feel already about Antonioni and his depiction of the precise lack of love or responsiveness of emotional contact in people - or, perhaps, if you've even actually seen an Antonioni movie. While Catherine Breillat probably (and, I would admit, rightfully) considers herself a thoughtful, passionate filmmaker interested in passionless people and in trying to pick apart the thoughts (or anti-thoughts) of a character like Marie, I have to ask after a while, in a film that doesn't have Antonioni-stature direction or compositions: what's the point? We have seen women like this in other movies, in loveless relationships or going out to spread or fulfill their empty wishes or such with others. Such as, yeah, Antonioni, but others too.

It's frustrating to watch, to say the least, but I wasn't ready at first to hold that against the movie. I wanted to see what it had to say, to see how Breillat would show people just having realistic sex, explicit in depiction (naturally, and believe you me its real sex) and talking like couples (or not-couples) do in such situations. I tried to stick with Marie's self-analyzing, her self-aggrandizing thoughts expressed in the first-person narration. In an odd way Caroline Ducey gives a good performance, or better than I remember at the time watching it, since she is good enough to not really need the narration to fill in the audience. Her face, her lack of expression, her inverted and bored and, perhaps, deep down f***ing scared self, show enough. The telling becomes overkill, even from a psychological stand-point.

Some may not agree with this, and that's fine. Some may watch Romance and just love that it shows real people having problems and having such problems during real sex. For the first half I could stick with the movie even as it had its pretensions because I wanted to see where it headed with Marie's infidelity (with the unnecessary lie about being married). It's when the other guy at the school Marie teaches at, and takes her in and turns things up on the sado-masochist meter that I started to waver on it... and, odder still, got bored. It didn't interest me seeing how perverted this guy could get, or how accepting Marie was of it or how it was shot or scored or edited. I admired that it attempted at depicting such a torrid sexual situation so seriously, but it ultimately just didn't do it for me - not on the kind of level the old-school hardcore-serious-erotic films did (i.e. Last Tango in Paris).

Romance is intelligent, and it does have something to say about women and loveless relationships. But was I moved by any of it or intellectually engaged after a certain point? No. It's a movie in a limbo where it wants to have something important to convey through art no matter what the cost, but the points aren't as interesting as its filmmaker thinks or terribly original. And if you just want to watch it for the sex, you're in for a not-too-good surprise. 5.5/10

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