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An Affair of Love (1999)

Une liaison pornographique (original title)
A woman puts an ad in a magazine looking for a man to fulfill her fantasy of a stringless, anonymous pornographic affair.

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Cast

Cast overview:
Nathalie Baye ... Her
Sergi López ... Him
Jacques Viala Jacques Viala ... Interviewer (voice)
Paul Pavel Paul Pavel ... Joseph Lignaux
Sylvie Van den Elsen Sylvie Van den Elsen ... Madame Lignaux
Pierre Gerranio Pierre Gerranio ... Hotel receptionist (as Pierre Géranio)
Hervé Sogne Hervé Sogne ... Ambulance driver
Christophe Sermet Christophe Sermet ... Hospital employee
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Storyline

They recount their impressions to the Interviewer. They met through a magazine ad, She and He. They corresponded through the Internet. He responded to her ad seeking someone to fulfil her fantasy for "a pornographic affair". This is their first meeting in a Paris café. He's a little reticent. She wants to know whether or not he's hairy. (He is; he's Spanish.) They retire to a nearby hotel room. The door of the room closes. Unseen, the affair is consummated... They continue to see one another regularly each week. They find they get along well together. Soon she suggests that they try normal sex the next time... Written by David Carless

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexual content | See all certifications »
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Language:

French

Release Date:

4 September 1999 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

An Affair of Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,281, 13 August 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$347,808, 24 September 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Him: For a second you gave it all to me.
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Connections

Followed by Intimacy (2001) See more »

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Lloyd's Register
Performed by The Rachels
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Quite beautiful and touching
5 November 2006 | by faraaj-1See all my reviews

From its title, A Pornographic Affair might seem like the kind of film that might appeal to a 13-yr old boy just entering puberty. Its actually a very restrained and beautiful love story. The format of the narrative is in the form of interviews of Him and Her after the affair has ended. There is a mysterious fantasy which brought them together. We never find out, despite the interviewers repeated prodding, what that fantasy was that led Her to advertise and Him to read and respond to the advertisement.

Inevitably, the physical aspects of that fantasy don't matter because the two eventually move on to more conventional forms of sexual activity. Neither knows anything about the other - children, marital status, profession or age. Both are good people and inevitably the affair has to develop into something more. Both are charming and beautiful in their own way. Eventually they begin to like and be infatuated with each other.

Obviously, adult themes are explored in this film, but there is no gratuitous nudity or smut. It has a surprisingly human touch even though the route followed in a conventional relationship is inverted here.


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