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Unfaithful (2002)

Cast: Richard Gere, Richard Gere, Diane Lane, more...
Director: Adrian Lyne, Adrian Lyne
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Drama, Crime, Erotica
Running Time: 124 min.
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Diane Lane is a wayward wife and Richard Gere is her suspicious husband in Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful. Connie (Lane) leaves her suburban home on an errand, venturing into Manhattan during a wicked windstorm. On a trash-strewn Soho street, she literally runs into Paul Martel (Olivier Martinez), a handsome young Frenchman carrying a huge stack of books. Connie has a bad scrape on her knee, and is unable to get a cab, so Paul invites her up to his apartment. Paul is quietly flirtatious as he gives Connie some ice and a bandage for her knee. Connie phones home and explains to her son, Charlie (Erik Per Sullivan), that she's running late. Before she leaves, Paul gives her a book of Persian poetry, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. She mentions the encounter in passing to Edward (Gere), her husband, but it's clear that she's obsessing about Paul, and soon she's back in the city, with a pretext for calling him up. Soon, they are lovers, and they grow bolder and bolder in their passion. Edward begins to suspect, and eventually gets a private investigator (Dominic Chianese of The Sopranos) to follow Connie. His worst fears confirmed, Edward decides to confront Paul, a decision that will come to haunt him. While the screenplay for Unfaithful is credited to Alvin Sargent (Ordinary People) and William Broyles Jr. (Cast Away), the inspiration for Lyne's film came from Claude Chabrol's acclaimed 1969 film La Femme Infidele. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

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GreenCine Member Reviews

King Richard comeback!!! by Emomovieluver January 29, 2003 - 11:05 AM PST
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Richard Gere's come a long way since his "King David" days and if he keeps doing films like this and "The Mothman Prophecies", his fans might be able to forget those rumours about his pet gerbil. Re-visiting the theme of adultery, Lyne has crafted a thriller that's less violence that the preceeding "Fatal Attraction" though no less potent. For some reason "Unfaithful" has an air of suspence wherein you know something dramatic is going to happen and you're just waiting for when. Both Lane and Gere are quite good in their roles and while the "affair" is very Hollywood-ish (much of the affair could only happen... "in the movies!") it's their performance that sustains your attention and grounds the film to being almost believable.

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(Average 6.12)
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