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Release Date:
14 April 1999 (Belgium) See more »
Love is desolate. Romance is temporary. Sex is forever.
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  (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
Steve Cox
Jean-Pierre Daniel
Bernard Garreau
Hervé P. Gustave (as Pierre-Gustave Hervé)
Alain L'Yle (as Alain Lille)
Kevin Long
Karine Menachemoff
Angélique Polosse
Cédric Samson
Yamine Tamerhoulet
Caroline Virly

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
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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Also Known As:
Rated R for language and strong sexual content including dialogue (cut)
84 min | USA:99 min (unrated version) | 99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R (re-rating) | 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)

Did You Know?

While it was passed uncut for theatrical release in the UK, a one-second cut was made for its video release.See more »
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 »
Robert:Beautiful women like to be taken by ugly men. Of course, nobody admits that. There has to be a force of attraction. And that attraction is not between a man and a woman... That would be too simple. That attraction is between beauty and ugliness. Beauty is nourished by disgracefulness, there's a friction between them.See more »
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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Reversal of the Hollywood scheme, 10 March 2003
Author: zio ugo

(this is a repost... the other review I posted was somehow missing a part)

In a perfect world, my opinion of ?Romance? would sound more or less like this. This is a fairly interesting film about the crisis in a couple relation that, in some sense, manages to come up with some interesting and quite universal statements about the couple relation qua relation and qua adaptation to a life of routine after the initial sparks. The desire of the woman to test her sexual boundaries should be seen, I believe, in this context, together with the final realization that, after all, even a bondage experience can be as banal and squalid as everyday life. The film is quite typically French: more spoken than physical, with the kind of conversation that French films seem to favor: too intellectual to be spoken by real people in real life, but grounded enough to make you wish that you and your friends could speak like that. It is probably not as good as ?la pianiste? but, then again, not many films are as good as ?la pianiste.? It is, however, an interesting analysis of a situation common to many couples.

This, as I said, in a perfect world. Alas, this is not a perfect world and, somehow, the question of the sexual content of the film managed to dominate the question about its contents. Most of this, I must say, comes from the barbaric and puritan America, my country of adoption. To the more relaxed Europeans, I must point out that this is a country in which, on television, it is normal to see ?reality shows? with murder scenes, car crashes during high speed pursuits, and violent arrests; it is normal to see in prime time films with violent content that glorify the army and the ethos of war. Yet, it is illegal to show a woman?s breast, and curse words that in more liberal countries are considered quite normal are invariably, and audibly, beeped. The sense and the moral choice behind all this escape me, but this is the background that one should have in mind to understand the outrage of some Americans in front of this film.

Outrage which, I must say, is quite misplaced. With the exception of one or two scenes, the sex in the film is not very explicit and, even including the more ?racy? fellatio scenes, it is no more explicit that in Bellocchio?s ?Il Diavolo in Corpo,? which I saw (uncut) on Italian TV (quite late at night, to be honest).

This outrage, however, and the puritanism that generated it, give this film its true significance, beyond the plot and the acting: the reversal of the traditional Hollywoodian standard. The essential fact about this film is that, while sex is depicted with immaculate candor (without, I must add, the lewd and voyeuristic aspects of Hollywood?s depiction), violence is symbolic, hidden from view. The only violent death of the film is in an explosion that we only see from afar in a very sanitized version, the dead body is never shown, and the Fellinesque funeral points to the unreality and the absurdity of the whole occurrence.

If a political message should be derived from this film, is a rejection of a culture that is trying to make sex unacceptable channeling sexual energies into violence, which is so often and so absurdly glorified and depicted into every gory detail. The call for sex versus violence implicit in the editing and the direction of this film is, I will add, a very healthy one.

Not a great film, but a fairly good one. Recommended.

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