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From the novel of the same namewhich has sold over one million copies in 43 languagesthis "sophisticated adaptation of Marguerite Duras' best-selling memoirs" (Variety) smolders on the screen. "Masterfully acted and beautifully photographed" (Critics' Choice), The Lover brilliantly captures the essence of sexual awakening and forbidden desire like no other film has donebeforeor since. Jane March is mesmerizing in the role of a poor French teenager who engages in an illicit affair with a wealthy Chinese heir (Tony Leung) in 1920s Saigon. For the first time in her young life she has control, and she wields it deftly over her besotted lover throughout a series of clandestine meetings and torrid encounters. But though the lovers are able to transcend their differences in age, race and class'theirs is a future that French colonial Vietnamese society will never allow.
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I have always felt this film was very underrated and while not a classic like "Last Tango in Paris", it deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as other fine pieces of cinematic erotica. The acting is great from the two often exposed leads (though there is no full frontal male nudity but plenty of female), the setting well defined and historically accurate and the numerous sex scenes well filmed, erotic & explicit while stopping short of being pornographic as no penetration is shown (with the exception of one quick often debated shot involving French female & male body doubles). There isn't much story to speak of but that isn't the point of the film. It is about mood and sexual awakening. Fans of Jane March will also find a lot to like here too. She looks amazing throughout. I should also mention that this is the full uncut 116 minute version of the film.
While never having been released yet on bluray here in North America, Germany got a very nice region free bluray of the film in NTSC format with the extras including an informative making of featurette being in PAL format so make sure you have a bluray player that can decode PAL to NTSC should you want to check those special features out.
The film is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio (though it was intended for a 1.66:1 ratio but the difference is negligible) and looks superb. Detail is immaculate with flesh tones looking accurate which is important considering the amount of flesh on display in this film. No digital scrubbing was done so it features a nice filmic grain stucture. Audio is featured in lossless audio and in English too. Fans of the film and stunningly gorgeous actress Jane March would do wise to import this superb bluray release.
it starts with her being sent to a boarding house by her single mother, younger and old brother,
they are very broke and barely living day to day , her mother would do odd jobs for others
to make ends meat for the the three kids and one day she had just decided she could not do it anymore
so she decided to send her only daughter to a boarding school, so she could have a better life
so she ends up on a ferry waiting to go to sicagon, when a big long shiny black car boards the ferry ,
out steps a tall rich looking china-men, he walks slowly over to the young women and wants to chat with her, but he
is very shy and kind of embassed, he knows she is beautiful and young and he is older, so,
to break the ice , he ask her if she smoked as he pulled them from his three piece suit, she said no, he lit one for himself
things were quit for a min, than he asker where she was going , and she replied a boarding house in siagon, china
he said , well, i am going that direction, i would be glad to drive you , she agreed and the ferry docked ,
they drove away and it was a long trip as they both sit in the back seat of this long black car,
as she was falling asleep his hand slowly but surely connected to hers and she never moved away and his handed gripped hers
as she fell asleep, he his driver dropped her at the boarding school and he went onto siagon
at a little apartment in a tiny village, the next day she noticed out the window the same long black car parked across the street from her boarding school, from there on, they began to see each other secretly, because back then,
a china man could be seen with a white girl , you have to watch this to see what happens,
at times, you will feel for this 15 year old and wonder about this 29 year old china men
and then again he helps out the family and they never even know it,the ending is a good ,bad and sad situation for both parties
now the story seems a little weird at times, but , it will all makes since at the end, lots of nudity , but , it fits the story line!