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The Lover ()

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featuring Jane March, Tony Leung Kar-Fai, Frederique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti, Melvil Poupaud

The Lover is director Jean-Jacques Annaud's adaptation of Marguerite Duras' minimalist 1984 novel. Set in French Indochina in 1929, the film explores the erotic charge of forbidden love. Jane March plays a French teenager sent to a Saigon boarding school, while Tony Leung is a 32-year Chinese aristocrat. They look at each and they both see a blinding white flash; it's kismet. He offers her a ride in his limousine and soon they meet in his "bachelor room" where they revel in a wide variety of creative sexual encounters. However, they both realize their love is doomed. She comes from a troubled family that includes a mentally-disturbed mother (Frederique Meininger) and drug-addicted brother (Arnaud Giovaninetti). It also appears that her family would not approve of an interracial tryst. But then neither would his family, since in order to inherit his father's wealth, he must not break from a traditional Chinese arranged marriage. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Intensity

Lovely & Poignant

by Intensity on Jul 9, 2009

This is a great film, with compelling cinematography, focused acting performances free of exaggeration, and a recalled story (with matching musical scoring) that touches our core sense of romance without oversimplification. The final "character" is a closing Chopin Waltz that reflects the sentiment of all that has preceded it.

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