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An Affair of Love (2000)

Nathalie Baye , Sergi López , Frédéric Fonteyne  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nathalie Baye, Sergi López, Jacques Viala, Paul Pavel, Sylvie Van den Elsen
  • Directors: Frédéric Fonteyne
  • Writers: Philippe Blasband
  • Producers: Alain Rocca, Arlette Zylberberg, Claude Waringo, Laurent Pétin, Martin Schmassmann
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000055YV3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "An Affair of Love" on IMDb

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Two people meet via a personals ad and begin a series of physical encounters. However their continued meetings lead to a growing emotional attachment.Running Time: 78 min.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre:�DRAMA UPC:�794043516825

Nathalie Baye and Sergi López are lonely lovers who meet through an ad in a singles magazine for anonymous sex and fall in love. Frederic Fonteyne's tender portrait of a brief affair is framed in flashback: the two lovers recall their relationship for an unseen interviewer (a technique that recalls Ingmar Bergman's Hour of the Wolf and Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives), putting on a tough, scarred front that hides their regret. In the flashbacks, however, Fonteyne captures a sense of discomfort and anticipation in their first meeting that turns relaxed and passionate as their relationship deepens. Baye's nervous smiles become genuine and joyful as she grows more confident in López's company, and he nicely straddles the line between nonchalant openness and emotional defensiveness. Fonteyne's naturalistic style is broken only for the almost surreal vision of the hotel where they meet: they pass through a hellish crimson hall before entering their room, a cool blue sanctuary--a heaven on the other side of purgatory. It was released under a different name in France, an ironic title that translates to A Pornographic Affair, but the film is a sensitive, delicate portrait of fragile souls who allow self-doubts and second guesses get in the way of their own honesty. --Sean Axmaker

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parisian Love Affair February 11, 2001
I really, really liked this film. It is modern, stylish, and quintissentially French. The actors have a depth and range, and convey their emotions flawlessly.
The premise is simple: a woman puts an ad in a magazine advertising a sexual fantasy she has that she wants to act out. Her intent is to have a purely sexual affair, no names, no details of every day life, no mess. A man answers her ad, shows up to meet her at a cafe, and they decide to go forward to this mysterious place they will create together, alone.
They begin to meet weekly at a hotel, and sometimes first at the cafe. They stumble over emotions which crop up here and there, and have trouble deciding whether or not to stay in each other's company for a drink after their liasions, whether to let Him drive Her home. They have the drink. She opts for the Metro. They do this dance of uncomfortable union around each otber.
I give this movie Five stars for really incredible acting, as well as nice use of color and style (ie: deep, dark reds (for the hallway in the hotel), subdued blues (for the room, which we don't get to see at first, but which becomes open more and more to us as the couple's relationship progresses), nice shots of the cafe, the streets in the rain, etc). I found both stars highly magnetic and attractive, and very, very expressive. The man carried his heart in his eyes, and they reflected the joy he felt with her, the intense sorrow, the restless erotic anticipation. In turn, the woman's mannerisms and movements seemed to reflect the stages of their relationship.
This film is a must-see for fans of modern World Cinema. It played at the Seattle International film festival, where Nathalie Baye won an award for Best Actress.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Censored, 'cleaned-up' american DVD version August 27, 2006
This is an adult movie, for adult audiences. A love affair between two strangers. A misunderstanding and a memory of what it could have been.

I longed for this DVD and just received it from Amazon last week.

But to my disappointment is was a CENSORED version, for the american audiences: Ten minutes were cut from the original european version! All the sexually explicit scenes were banned (true: the movie still keeps it's atmosphere).

I never tought I was ordering a 'clean movies' version.

I'd rather have ordered it from (integral full-version, with english subtitles)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On crossing bondaries September 5, 2006
By Tintin
Frederic Fonteyne's Une Liaison Pornographique (US title, An Affair of Love) is an unusual love story, insofar as it unfolds "in reverse." Every Thursday, at the same hotel, at the same café, "He" and "She" (they are totally anonymous) meet in order to satisfy their sexual phantasm. Their anonymity is not without recalling Alain Renais' characters in Hiroshima Mon Amour (1958) or Last Year at Marienbad (1961). But here the ordeal is not that of the memory nor of the bomb, but that of a trite story of two people who do not know how to love and communicate.

"She" (Nathalie Baye), a mid-fortyish, confident, unattached woman, felt the need to realize a sexual phantasm. To this end, she placed a classified ad in a pornographic journal (or was it on the internet?). "He" (Sergi Lopez), a handsome man, ten years her junior, answered it. Now sitting at two different locations, they recall their adventure to an unseen man, answering his questions, as the camera goes back and forth between the two characters. Their descriptions of the circumstances which lead to their first meeting are remarkable by their lack of consistency. But, if their recollections of specific facts have grown vague, the strong emotions engendered by their love for each other and their tragic break-up are still very much alive. The rest of the story is presented in a series of flashbacks, interspersed with the characters' comments to the interviewer.

In spite of their national origins, young Belgium director Frederic Fonteyne and Iranian scenarist Philippe Blasband have managed to create the quintessential French film: a film created for adults, with a theme to match, unusual maybe, but still taken out of "real" life, psychological, philosophical and challenging to the viewer.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tower of Love January 17, 2005
"An Affair of Love" (numbskull translation from the French, "Une Liason Pornographique") poses the question: How do you avoid falling in love with someone you make love to once a week for six months?

The protagonists coyly named (or not named, really) Her (Nathalie Baye, luminous and oozing with humanity) and Him (Sergi Lopez, slightly menacing, slit-eyed, friendly) meet each other through an ad for the sole purpose of having sex once a week. Very Adult, Very French, Very Non- Committed: they go into the affair with their eyes open, their bodies available and willing and their hearts closed.

The affair is conducted very much like a fencing match: each one advancing, looking for a reaction and retreating when there is none or not the one they want. It is very apparent to us that they are in love about half way through the film even though they do not know each other's name or anything about each other's life. Is this possible, does this make sense? Oh yes. Loved played at this kind of level is what Her calls: Ivory Tower Love. Love of the highest, though not the deepest order.

Director Frederic Fonteyne's mise en scene is bursting with the beauty of the Eiffel Tower area of Paris: cars buzzing by, café's busy with customers drinking espresso and red burgundies and eating plates of cheese and sausages and he throws Him and Her into all of this with the see-all camerawork style of cinema verite'.

"An Affair of Love" ends with a huge sigh: not of relief but a sigh of lost chances and wasted opportunities: it is thoughtful, it is real, it is ultimately full of sorrow and regret.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites!
An amazing look at how a man & a woman each perceive their love affair, how outside events affect it & it's out come.
Published 9 months ago by Melissa Kent
3.0 out of 5 stars Another DVD
Passable. Another movie that was supposed to be very good but failed. Doubt very much if it grossed much money.
Published 15 months ago by Lindsay Gamble
2.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but Unsatisfying in the end
There are other reviews here which describe the plot, so I won't repeat it. I found this a disappointing and unsatisfying film, for two reasons. Read more
Published on August 28, 2011 by Stefan43
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
most boring movie ever
I don't know why I bought this - couldn't get through it - not even ok for playing guitar along - too silly.
Published on May 13, 2011 by Reza Ganjavi
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY Powerful
I was expecting a sexy movie, but it was so much more. It was an interesting (non-pretentious) look at sex, love and expectation. Read more
Published on January 28, 2011 by k the grad student
From writer Phillipe Blasband and director Frederic Fonteyne, a bold, adult romance about a man and woman whose intense, anonymous sexual relationship unexpectedly turns into love. Read more
Published on March 4, 2010 by Robin Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguingly different
The Bottom Line:

The quasi-documentary style (the characters are interviewed by an unseen narrator after their relationship is over) in An Affair of Love makes for an... Read more
Published on October 28, 2009 by One-Line Film Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of--more than sex--love
There was a sad smile on my face throughout this excellent movie. Why is it? (and is it only so?) that this intimate business between strangers turned to love? Read more
Published on February 18, 2009 by The Concise Critic:
4.0 out of 5 stars Sensuality
The premise is a little out there, but the movie overall is great. Some of the scenes are very sensual and erotic, but not blatant. Read more
Published on January 30, 2009 by Virginia Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A memo to all
Can two people separate sex from the warmth of human interaction?

This wonderful movie maps the development of a relationship from an original plan for uninhibited and... Read more
Published on June 12, 2008 by Russell Mills
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