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Romance (1999)

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Frustrated by the lack of intimacy in her relationship, a young schoolteacher goes through a series of intimidating and often violent sexual partners.


Catherine Breillat


Catherine Breillat (scenario and dialogue)
2,628 ( 21)
1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Ducey ... Marie
Sagamore Stévenin ... Paul
François Berléand ... Robert
Rocco Siffredi ... Paolo
Reza Habouhossein Reza Habouhossein ... Man on stairs
Ashley Wanninger ... Ashley
Emma Colberti ... Charlotte
Fabien de Jomaron Fabien de Jomaron ... Claude
Carla ... Model
Pierre Maufront ... Photographer
Antoine Amador Antoine Amador ... Hairdresser
Roman Rouzier Roman Rouzier ... Echography technician
Oliver Buchette Oliver Buchette ... Head doctor (as Olivier Buchette)
Emmanuelle N'Guyen Emmanuelle N'Guyen ... Midwife (as Emmanuelle N'guyen)
Nadia Latoui Nadia Latoui ... Nurse


Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher cannot handle the almost complete lack of intimacy he will allow. Increasingly frustrated, she gradually finds her sexual appetites leading her into ever more risky situations, including a developing one with the headmaster. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Love is desolate. Romance is temporary. Sex is forever.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and strong sexual content including dialogue | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


The film is dedicated to actress and director Christine Pascal, who committed suicide in 1996. See more »


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 »


Marie: Women are the expiatory sacrifices of men.
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Alternate Versions

Although the BBFC passed the film uncut for British cinemas, they required 1 second to be removed from the video version. The cut to the UK video and DVD versions removed a brief close-up of a man ejaculating onto a woman's stomach. This occurs at the end of a fantasy brothel sequence, and is followed by a jump-cut to a similar shot of ultra-sound gel being squirted onto Caroline Trousselard's stomach. Without the first shot, however, the effect is lost in the cut UK version. In 2014, the previous video cut was waived by the BBFC for the DVD release distributed by Second Sight Films. See more »


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User Reviews

Awful, awful, awful !!!
26 August 2001 | by m01pf700See all my reviews

Be warned: the title 'Romance' has nothing whatsoever to do with the actual content of this movie. If you think you'll see people make love, forget it - it is worse than watching people eat vomit. All the way through, the main self-centred female character never stops winging. There is only one word for it ... awful ! It is an insult to the movie industry. It is peppered with gratuitous nudity. It is most definitely not recommended for those looking for entertainment.

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French | English

Release Date:

14 April 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,829, 19 September 1999

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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