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Je l'aimais ()

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featuring Daniel Auteuil, Marie-Josée Croze, Florence Loiret-Caille, Christiane Millet, Genevieve Mnich

An unabashed paean to the pleasures of an illicit, adulterous love affair, this melodrama stars Gallic screen legend Daniel Auteuil (Sostiene Pereira) as Pierre, an elderly Frenchman. At the outset of the tale, Pierre's son, Adrien (Antonin Chalon) leaves wife Chloe (Florence Loiret-Caille) and their two daughters following an ongoing affair with a mistress. In response, Pierre whisks Chloe and the girls away to a cabin for a few days of consolation, then sits down with his daughter-in-law and recounts a series of events from his past. The film flashes back in time to Pierre's middle-aged years, when as a businessman he attempted to close a deal with a cadre of Chinese executives but couldn't quite manage to do so, given his constant distraction by the gorgeous (and much younger) translator at the meeting, Mathilde (Marie-Josee Croze). Though married, Pierre fell instantly into love and lust, and consented to a series of encounters with Mathilde that witnessed the partners meeting up in hotels around the globe, over the years, whenever time and circumstance permitted a convenient liaison. Unsurprisingly, this only prompted rage and sorrow from Pierre's abandoned wife (Christiane Millet), but it instilled little if any regret in Pierre, who still perceives his relationship with Mathilde as the greatest love story he has ever personally known. The passion-imbued recollections ultimately force the indignant Chloe to step back from her familial situation and reconsider Adrien's actions from a different angle. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi Hide synopsis

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