Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Where do you go when you've gone too far?
Connie is a wife and mother whose 11-year marriage to Edward has lost its sexual spark. When Connie literally runs into handsome book collector Paul, he sweeps her into an all-consuming affair. But Edward soon becomes suspicious and decides to confront the other man.
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.
The content on display in this film had to read like pure, trashy Lifetime Original material on paper, but under Adrian Lyne's guidance and borderline-exceptional performances from both Diane Lane and Richard Gere, Unfaithful rises above several could-have-been-disastrous pitfalls.
When I first saw this movie a little over ten years ago, I was just as stunned as everyone else to witness the raw intensity of Lane's surprising portrayal of a woman who gives into sexual desires with a young stranger she meets in the street by chance. Even after all these years and a couple of viewings later, I'm still rather amazed that she decided to spontaneously push the boundaries of an otherwise risk-free resume...and it resulted in what is…
Going in I was like "I have no idea what this about!" but since I'd read the title and seen at least one movie before, it turns I already knew the entire plot. This thing is straightforward to a fault and a little too classy to be enjoyably sleazy, although I'd be lying if I didn't say "mmm Olivier Martinez." Some sexy sex scenes—what would an Adrian Lyne movie be without them?—but Hitchcockian this ain't.
I would also cheat on my husband and try to spend as much time away from my family as possible if Dewey from Malcolm in the Middle was my child.
Erotically charged drama from Fatal Attraction helmer Adrian Lyne featuring a revelatory turn by Diane Lane as a conflicted woman who risks her comfortable marriage to embark upon a steamy affair with an attractive stranger she meets during a storm in Manhattan. This tawdry adaptation of Claude Chabrol's original film La femme infidel is elevated by the exquisite Lane, who embraces her role and invests it with the absolute conviction of an actress given the prize of her career. An early post-coital scene in which we observe Lane as she makes her way home on the train after her first sex with the bohemian bookseller (Olivier Martinez) that has so bewitched her as she replays the encounter in her mind…
The whole of it bathed in a certain quality and texture of shadow, not unlike that which doubles as romantic and hidden, every one of it's simple gestures on careful and warranted display, Unfaithful teases the sensuality out of its collection of sins with the power of a stiff drink. The basis of which is that both Lane and Gere are so fashionably ordinary, yet so casually - seemingly - happy until a slam-banging affair (a strikingly palpable fantasy which takes place in a variety of public and private places) cuts into the middle of this (categorically speaking) fable, whose only real crime is that it's pursuit of perfection often feels too over-the-top to be taken seriously. Lane and Martinez…
Man, oh man. Diane Lane is so goddamn good in this movie. It boggles the mind to have this be the first time I've seen her in a major role at this point in my life. She should have been one of THE great movie stars of her time. Otherwise it's pretty good, maybe even very good. The story is what you'd expect from a movie called Unfaithful, but very smartly played out, culminating in a downer ending, perfect in its restraint. This is the first of Lyne's films I've seen in full, but from the clips and trailers from his earlier work, restraint seems like a new feature here. Most of the '80s and '90s erotic thrillers, which to…
"they always end disastrously"
i notice and appreciate more details in this with every rewatch. adrian lyne sure is a meticulous director. this film is both exactly the trashy, on-the-nose melodrama that it appears to be, breaking absolutely no new ground and hardly veering from conventions... and yet, it somehow also transcends both genre and cliche. diane lane does an absolutely herculean job of nailing a character that could have easily come across as flat or histrionic
Diane Lane... the only woman who betryed Richard Gere.
Great sex, crap story.
Adrian Lyne is one horny bastard, but most of all a great director.
Hmph. Had forgotten how unbelievable so many things in this film were..... and still think O. Martinez is sleazy........ Diane Lane is hot hot hot, but she always is......
Highlight: Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez have sex in an empty theatre while M. Hulot's Holiday plays in the background.
Excellent acting and a tight script and slow pace make this a fine drama (however not the 'thriller' the film was marketed as).
This film ended up being the final directorial credit of Adrian Lyne and stands as one of his best.
This is a film about an uncharacteristically bad wife who makes a huge mistake and her good husband who also makes a bad mistake because his wife.
I also loved the intensity of the sex scenes. Very well filmed and arousing.
What is Adrian Lyne's problem? Has he had one too many relationships go sour? In most real-life flings, the tryst ends with at most some choice swear words. In Lyne's movie flings, the tryst ends with death.
Diane Lane was the comeback kid for her performance in this and scored an Academy Award nomination, which distracted everyone from the fact that this is a cheap, tawdry and not even very original thriller about a married woman getting it on with a younger and hotter man until her husband finds out.
Like all of Lyne's movies, it takes place somewhere where it's always gray and rainy and the unmarried member of the adulterous couple lives in a decked out loft space.
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