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Romance (1999)

R | | Drama | 14 April 1999 (France)
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When a young woman loves her boyfriend name Paul, who refuses to have sex with her.

Director:

Catherine Breillat

Writer:

Catherine Breillat (scenario and dialogue)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Ducey ... Marie
Sagamore Stévenin Sagamore Stévenin ... Paul
François Berléand ... Robert
Rocco Siffredi ... Paolo
Reza Habouhossein Reza Habouhossein ... Man on stairs
Ashley Wanninger Ashley Wanninger ... Ashley
Emma Colberti Emma Colberti ... Charlotte
Fabien de Jomaron Fabien de Jomaron ... Claude
Carla Carla ... Model
Pierre Maufront 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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,282,941, 14 November 1999
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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

[last lines]
Marie: I gave my son his father's name. If someone up there counts souls, then we're even.
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Alternate Versions

The R-rated video version runs 87 min. See more »

Connections

Featured in Indie Sex: Extremes (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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Why all the fuss?
26 June 2001 | by InfofreakSee all my reviews

Romance achieved a lot of attention in Australia as it was initially banned. Now it's available from any decent video store so every adult can see what the fuss was all about. I think few of them will be able understand why the censors had so much problem with it. Basically you have several hard-ons and a bit of bondage in the middle of a talky French art-house movie. The fundamental problem with Romance is we can never understand what Marie sees in Paul. It's as simple as that. If we COULD understand then perhaps we'd have a provocative and thought-provoking examination of love, sex, loyalty and betrayal. But we don't. It's not to say the movie isn't worth watching, just don't expect too much. Last Tango In Paris was much braver and confronting (albeit less explicit) nearly thirty years ago. Closer to home, Breaking The Waves shares some similar themes and situations, and is a much more successful and emotionally involving experience.


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