Chalk this one up as a surprisingly tender film, one that eschews all potboiler cliches for the sake of character nuances and an intelligent, thoughtful script.
Diane Lane turns in an incredible performance, easily her very best so far, as a reasonably happy wife and mother who decides to have an affair with a hunky Frenchman, simply because…well….it’s just something she needs to do. She conveys just the right emotions as a woman going through something at turns rewarding, dangerous, daring and thrilling.
However, refreshingly, the film is not about the affair itself, but the actual marriage (with a terrific Richard Gere) and its fractured, shaky state. They are an ideal couple, normal in just about every sense, dealing with extreme obstacles.
This is Adrian Lyne’s best film.