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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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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:

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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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Lloyd's Register
Performed by The Rachels
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Sublime acting
29 December 2003 | by katchitaSee all my reviews

This little movie is simply sublime. I ran across it again when searching for more Sergi Lopez films. His range is simply amazing, from sensitive fantasy lover (as in this film) to the most dastardly twisted villain. I would be hard-pressed to think of any more talented male actor in European film today. I particularly liked him in "Dirty Pretty Things", due to its serious, thoughtful treatment of the pressures on immigrants. "A Friend Like Harry" was just great entertainment, humor of the darkest sort.

"Une Liason Pornografique" is still another type of film altogether. The French produce many interesting films on sex, some successful, some less so. This is of the best I can recall from my own 20-year love affair with European art films. Another recent French film that I can whole-heartedly recommend is Coline Serreau's Chaos, which took several years to cross the ocean to the U.S., but was originally released in 2001. Also Chocolat by Claire Denys, another quiet but piercingly accurate character study.


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