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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.

Director:

Catherine Breillat

Writer:

Catherine Breillat (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

While it was passed uncut for theatrical release in the UK, a one-second cut was made for its video release. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Robert: Sexuality is the clash of triviality and divinity.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Prisoner (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Dorn
Written by Bruno Kramm, Stéphane Ackermann
Performed by Das Ich
© Copyright BMG Music Publishing
Avec l'aimable autorisation de Eden Records GmbH (p) 1996
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User Reviews

Skip the R-rated version and go for the NC-17 version.
28 May 2001 | by SanDiegoSee all my reviews

Though I have a comprehensive review below I wanted to add that some comments here are from people who saw a severely edited version of the film (the sex scenes removed or cropped off). This would be similar to removing the battle scenes from Star Wars.


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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

14 April 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Romance See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,829, 19 September 1999

Gross USA:

$1,585,642

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,585,642
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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