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Unfaithful (2002)

A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling.

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(film "La Femme infidèle"), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 14 nominations. See more awards »
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Gloria
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Lindsay
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Train conductor
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Bob Gaylord
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Other businessman
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Café bartender
Larry Gleason ...
Tim
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Frank Wilson
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Storyline

Connie Sumner has a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a wonderful son, but she wants more. When she's approached one day by a handsome stranger while trying to hail a taxi, she becomes obsessed with him and eventually starts an affair. But her selfish actions soon catch up with her... Written by Jango

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If you had the opportunity, would you? See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for sexuality, language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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10 May 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Infidelidad  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,065,277, 12 May 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,801,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,000,000
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Trivia

Brad Pitt and Ryan Phillippe were offered the role of Paul. However during pre-production, the producers decided that Paul be French rather than American, so Olivier Martinez received the part. See more »

Goofs

Connie's cigarette seems to disappear between shots as Charlie startles her, when she is crying at the kitchen table. See more »

Quotes

[First Line]
Charlie: Dad, look what I can do. I've been practicing
[Makes fart noise with armpit]
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Connections

References Mon Oncle (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Sous Le Soleil
Written by Pascal Brunkow, Aurélia Ikor, Chris Bovet, Mimmo Pisino,
Jana Seiler and Tim B. (as Tim B)
Performed by Major Boys featuring Aurélia
Courtesy of Cyber Production
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La Femme Infidèle
15 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much from 'Unfaithful' as I thought it would be another 'The Perfect Murder' type thriller. But 'Unfaithful' is so much more than what 'The Perfect Murder' could ever be. It's deeper. It's darker. It has so many psychological layers. It's more a character driven drama rather than than plot driven. The plot may not be exactly original but it's the influence of it on the characters is what 'Unfaithful' is about. The film is very engaging as we witness the psychological effects of the consequences of Connie's decision. Lyne deserves praise for his excellent artistic execution. I loved how he used symbolism (such as metaphors and pathetic fallacies) and shows great attention to detail as is evident in the visuals. The editing is clear cut. Biziou's cinematography is great and Kaczmarek's score sets the tone. Note that during the key moments, when the main characters are conversing, the background music is absent. Richard Gere and Olivier Martinez, though a little too old, do decent jobs. However, it is Diane Lane who gives a career-defining performance. Her sublime portrayal of the incredibly sexy Connie is awesome. She carries the film. It is Diane Lane and Adrian Lyne's film. 'Unfaithful' is a magnificent engaging artistic drama. I don't understand why some were even harsh enough to call it soft-core. Do they even know the definition of soft-core? Others seem to have a problem with why Connie, who had the perfect life, would have an affair. But I feel it necessary to stress that nobody is perfect and therefore the perfect life does not exist. Connie's affair wasn't a planned thing. Who knows why it happened? Perhaps she wanted to feel younger, perhaps she was bored, or perhaps she wanted more from her husband. I don't think it was with the intention to ruin her 'perfect' life. There doesn't have to be a clear reason...as affair's don't necessarily happen for the best reasons.


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