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Unfaithful (2002)

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A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling.

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Connie Sumner has a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a wonderful son, but she wants more. When she's approached one day by a handsome stranger while trying to hail a taxi, she becomes obsessed with him and eventually starts an affair. But her selfish actions soon catch up with her... Written by Jango

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If you had the opportunity, would you? See more »

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Rated R for sexuality, language and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Infidelidad  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,065,277, 12 May 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,801,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$122,000,000
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Brad Pitt and Ryan Phillippe were offered the role of Paul. However during pre-production, the producers decided that Paul be French rather than American, so Olivier Martinez received the part. See more »

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Connie is in front of the fireplace burning pictures. She has one burning picture in each hand when Edward walks in. In the next shot of Connie (a close-up), she raises her empty right hand to her face. As we pull back, the pictures and envelope are no longer in front of her. See more »

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Tracy: Do you think she's had work?
Sally: Why would she have had work? She still looks gorgeous.
Tracy: Well, that's when they're having it now, before it all turns to shit.
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Referenced in Master of None: The Thief (2017) See more »

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Written by Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard
Performed by Dead Can Dance
Courtesy of 4AD/Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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La Femme Infidèle
15 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting much from 'Unfaithful' as I thought it would be another 'The Perfect Murder' type thriller. But 'Unfaithful' is so much more than what 'The Perfect Murder' could ever be. It's deeper. It's darker. It has so many psychological layers. It's more a character driven drama rather than than plot driven. The plot may not be exactly original but it's the influence of it on the characters is what 'Unfaithful' is about. The film is very engaging as we witness the psychological effects of the consequences of Connie's decision. Lyne deserves praise for his excellent artistic execution. I loved how he used symbolism (such as metaphors and pathetic fallacies) and shows great attention to detail as is evident in the visuals. The editing is clear cut. Biziou's cinematography is great and Kaczmarek's score sets the tone. Note that during the key moments, when the main characters are conversing, the background music is absent. Richard Gere and Olivier Martinez, though a little too old, do decent jobs. However, it is Diane Lane who gives a career-defining performance. Her sublime portrayal of the incredibly sexy Connie is awesome. She carries the film. It is Diane Lane and Adrian Lyne's film. 'Unfaithful' is a magnificent engaging artistic drama. I don't understand why some were even harsh enough to call it soft-core. Do they even know the definition of soft-core? Others seem to have a problem with why Connie, who had the perfect life, would have an affair. But I feel it necessary to stress that nobody is perfect and therefore the perfect life does not exist. Connie's affair wasn't a planned thing. Who knows why it happened? Perhaps she wanted to feel younger, perhaps she was bored, or perhaps she wanted more from her husband. I don't think it was with the intention to ruin her 'perfect' life. There doesn't have to be a clear reason...as affair's don't necessarily happen for the best reasons.


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