The Lover ()

L'amant (original title)
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In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic... See more »

  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations.
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The Young Girl
The Chinaman
The Mother
Arnaud Giovaninetti ...
The Elder Brother
The Younger Brother
Helene Lagonelle
Xiem Mang ...
The Chinaman's Father
Philippe Le Dem ...
The French Teacher
Ann Schaufuss ...
Anne-Marie Stretter
Quach Van An ...
The Driver
Tania Torrens ...
The Principal
Raymonde Heudeline ...
The Writer (end)
Yvonne Wingerter ...
The Writer (beginning)
Do Minh Vien ...
The Young Boy
The Assistant Mistress
Narrator (French and English version) / Récitante (voice)
Liner Pianist
Alido H. Gaudencio ...
Anne-Marie Stretters Driver
Vu Dinh Thi ...
Ferry Captain
Truong Thu ...
Bus Driver
Thi Cam Thuy Nguyen ...
Lu Van Trang ...
Bus Controller
Vu Kim Trong ...
Young Girls Coolie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Femme (uncredited)

Directed by

Jean-Jacques Annaud

Written by

Marguerite Duras ... (based on the novel)
Gérard Brach ... (adaptation) and
Jean-Jacques Annaud ... (adaptation)

Produced by

Claude Berri ... producer
Timothy Burrill ... co-producer
Jacques Tronel ... co-producer

Music by

Gabriel Yared

Cinematography by

Robert Fraisse

Film Editing by

Noëlle Boisson

Editorial Department

Caroline Coudin ... assistant editor
Diane Logan ... first assistant editor
Yvan Lucas ... color timer
Anja Lüdcke ... assistant editor

Casting By

Francine Cathelain
Françoise Combadière
Olivier Mergault
Joanna Merlin
Patricia Pao

Production Design by

Hoang Thanh At

Art Direction by

Olivier Radot

Costume Design by

Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle

Production Management

Jean-Yves Asselin ... unit production manager
Mederic Bourlat ... assistant unit manager
Olivier Hélie ... unit production manager
Alfred Lott ... production manager
Christine Raspillère ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Frédéric Auburtin ... first assistant director
Isabelle Henry ... assistant director (as Isabelle Henri)

Art Department

Eric Bourges ... construction coordinator
Jean-René Coulon ... property master
Mat Troi Day ... property buyer
Sophie Martel ... set dresser
Christian Portal ... property master
Maxime Rebière ... storyboard artist

Sound Department

Anke Bakker ... assistant sound editor
Laurent Quaglio ... sound / supervising sound editor
Christian Wangler ... sound mixer

Special Effects by

Georges Demétrau ... special effects

Visual Effects by

Alan Church ... optical camera operator
Frederic Moreau ... optical effects
Andy Stevens ... optical camera assistant: Magic Camera Co
Philippe Tourret ... restoration coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

Benoît Barbier ... still photographer
Tahar Boualam ... generator operator
David Campbell ... crane operator: Technocrane
Mario d'Orio ... grip
Gilles Floquet ... best boy grip
Alain Herpe ... assistant camera
Jean-Pierre Mas ... key grip
Marc Nove ... best boy electric (as Marc Nové)
Didier Nové ... gaffer
Michele Picciaredda ... camera operator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Jean-Daniel Vuillermoz ... costumer assistant

Location Management

Stéphanie Seilhean ... location manager

Other crew

Danielle Dumanoir ... production coordinator
Eleanor Fazan ... choreographer
Claude Fenioux ... financial controller
Cécile Fleury ... body double: Jane March
Segolene Fleury-Slimane ... production accountant
Nicole Heitzmann ... production accountant
Jennifer Patrick ... voice coach
Nam Son ... historical advisor
Guy Wagner ... maritime advisor

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Plot Summary

It is French Colonial Vietnam in 1929. A young French girl from a family that is having some monetary difficulties is returning to boarding school. She is alone on public transportation when she catches the eye of a wealthy Chinese businessman. He offers her a ride into town in the back of his chauffeured sedan, and sparks fly. Can the torrid affair that ensues between them overcome the class restrictions and social mores of that time? Based on the semi-autobiographical novel by Marguerite Duras. Written by Cal Lott

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Taglines She gave her innocence, her passion, her body. The one thing she couldn't give was her love. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Lover (United Kingdom)
  • The Lover (Canada, English title)
  • The Lover (World-wide, English title)
  • The Lover (United States)
  • Der Liebhaber (Germany)
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  • 115 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia Jane March denied that she and Tony Ka Fai Leung actually made love. (March: "I never had sex with Tony on or off the set. It's as simple as that.") All the sex scenes were done with careful choreography and body doubles. Director Jean-Jacques Annaud falsely implied the sex was real to boost publicity for the film, thus the sex-crazed English tabloid press trumpeted the rumor on its front pages for days, making life so miserable for March and her family that she got physically sick and had a nervous breakdown. March then fled to the Seychelles to escape. Annaud later stated the sex was not real, "At first I was flattered people believed [the sex]. But after that... I stopped doing press in Britain. Of course they didn't have sex." See more »
Goofs Her lover smokes filtered cigarettes in 1929. They were not invented until the mid-'30s and not in common use until the 1950s. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Jennifer 8/The Lover/Aladdin/Passenger 57/Flirting (1992). See more »
Soundtracks Waltz in B minor Opus 69 No. 2 See more »
Quotes [last lines]
Narrator: Years after the war, after the marriages, the children, the divorces, the books, he had come to Paris with his wife. He had phoned her. He was intimidated; his voice trembled, and with the trembling it had found the accent of China again. He knew she'd begun writing books. He had also heard about the younger brother's death. He had been sad for her. And then he had no more to tell her. And then he told her - he had told her that it was as before, that he still loved her, that he would never stop loving her, that he would love her until his death.
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