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Release Date:
14 April 1999 (Belgium) See more »
Love is desolate. Romance is temporary. Sex is forever.
Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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
Éric 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
Richard Deusy .... colorist
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
Guy Stodel .... acquisitions executive
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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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 »
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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) | 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?

Director Catherine Breillat admitted to choosing Rocco Siffredi because she wanted a well-endowed actor in the role.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:The only opportunity for love with women emerges from rape. Women easily give themselves to the next best guy. Even when they make the unfortunate one, who really loves them, suffer... The one who'd sacrifice his life for them, who respects them.See more »
Spanish StormeSee more »


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29 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
A movie about realising identity - not about gender, 23 August 1999
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

I was very confused at the end of 'Romance' as to whether I liked it or not, and whether I thought it was a good film or not. The best bit for me was probably the Q&A with director Catherine Breillat at the end. She was (especially with the help of a translator) very interesting and articulate - whether one agreed with her or not - and I found the film a valuable commentary on her thoughts rather than the other way round.

The film is confusing; as we are aware, this is not pornography - but what *is* it about? Gender issues? Masochism? The female central character goes through a number of extreme sexual encounters and eventually finds some sense of identity unrelated to her sense of being part of a sexual partnership - although the struggle to find that identity has necessitated exploring her sexual desire. The other issue is censorship, as Breillat has something of a mission to push back censorship; this is related to her philosophical take on sexuality however rather than abolishing censorship for the sake of doing so alone. That which (sexually) disgusts us is twinned to that which (sexually) uplifts - the difference is not in the type of act but in the context - all of which is an extended metaphor on censorship itself. Breillat claims that the acts we find offensive in real life are also the acts we find offensive in images, an idea which in itself can lead to some self-awareness. But to Breillat, sexuality has become stereotyped in films. Show she wants to explore the boundaries and show that those boundaries, in themselves, are not good or bad, just as many acts, stereotyped as disgusting or wonderful, are not so in themselves but only in how we make them.

The degree to which she achieves this in 'Romance' may be the subject of debate for a long time to come. I hope I get the chance to see and study some of her other films. I hope the film is not cut by the censors. As to whether it is a great movie, I am less sure (after a lot of discussion and thought I'm slightly more inclined to say it is than it isn't though!) As I am gradually convinced of the director's unshaking artistic integrity I am more willing to put in the effort to understand her rather complex thought. As her film is her principle expression of this thought I have ranked it quite highly - largely for what she attempts, with whatever success, than what she achieves. As Sartre pointed out, success is more in the journey than the achievement.

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