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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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Performed by The Rachels
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The Ultimate European Movie
25 April 2003 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

This is one French movie which I am pretty sure will not run through an American remake. It has all the elements that attract the intellectual European movie goer, and all what is rejected by the typical American viewer. It is a love story with two characters, almost everything happens in just two places (a restaurant and a hotel room), drama is based on characters development, and eroticism is all but explicit. It is a love story, but it departs the usual romantic comedy pattern and escapes the cheap happy end that spoils that many American movies. Acting is superb, and actually the best part in the film, though it is sometimes too static, more Russian or East European style than French. At the end, you are left with a simple story of un-realized love, the message being that the imposed limits of communication according to which the heros decided to play decide their ultimate faith, and the faith of their relationship. Not too much, but decent cinema if you like the style and genre. 8/10 on my personal scale.


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