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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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Director: George C. Wolfe
Stars: Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Christopher Meloni
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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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Where do you go when you've gone too far? See more »

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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)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,065,277 (USA) (10 May 2002)

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$52,752,475 (USA) (9 August 2002)
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Erik Per Sullivan, who plays Diane Lane's son in the film, is primarily known as the youngest brother Dewey on Malcolm in the Middle (2000), starring Frankie Muniz. Diane Lane previously played the mother of Frankie Muniz as well in My Dog Skip (2000). See more »

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Connie is in front of the fireplace burning pictures. She has one burning picture in each hand when Edward walks in. In the next shot of Connie (a close-up), she raises her empty right hand to her face. As we pull back, the pictures and envelope are no longer in front of her. See more »

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Tracy: [while Connie and Paul are having sex in the restroom] She's not like that. She's really nice.
Sally: Of course she is. That only makes it worse. She's nice and sweet and her ass is exactly where it was when she was in college.
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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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Something we had ALREADY seen before
1 June 2002 | by (Chapel Hill,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

For much of his career,director Adrian Lyne has clearly had sex on the brain,or thoughts of eroticial porno,turning out huff and puff features both good(the Oscar winning Fatal Attraction and the controversial Lolita)and bad(9 1/2 Weeks and Indecent Proposal,the latter firmly cemented as one of the worst films of its decade). Happily,Unfaithful rests more toward the upper end of the spectrum;based on a 1969 French film by Claude Chabrol(La Femme Infidele),the movie sports a continental demeanor that seems wholly appreciate,but as a whole we have seen this kind of adulterated behavior several times before. Diane Lane's standout performance is what elevates the first half,which could be easily dismissed as a straight-to-cable soaper or straight-to-video softcore porno assembly. A well to do housewife seemingly content with her husband(Richard Gere,is one of his best works here and one of his finest performances since the latter part of the 80's and early 90's),her son (Erik Per Sullivan),and her home in a quaint New York(upscale Manhattan) suburb,unexpectedly enters into a torrid affair with a French book dealer(Oliver Martinez-who looks like something out of grocery store paperback novel and one of those daytime TV soap hunks). Lane's complex portrayal of a woman caught between the borders of reason and risk is simply smashing,yet eventually she's not required to carry the picture by herself,as the second half heads off in some interesting and unexpected directions that ultimately lead to the wonderful amibiguous final shot. Unfaithful works for viewers willing to put some thought into it that only works for those who want cheap thrills will probably be disappointed,but in all its a illusion of eternal bliss that will find this easily a satisfying picture.


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