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The Lovers (Criterion Collection) (1958)

Cast: Jeanne Moreau, Jeanne Moreau, Alain Cuny, more...
Director: Louis Malle, Louis Malle
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Criterion
Genre: Classics, Foreign, Classic Romance, France, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 90 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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The Lovers (Les Amants) furthered the reputations of both director Louis Malle and star Jeanne Moreau -- and also pushed the boundaries of American censorship (1959 vintage) to the breaking point. Moreau plays a humdrum housewife whose life brightens considerably when she meets a handsome young archeologist (Jean-Marc Bory). The two enjoy an exquisite evening in the boudoir, and when comes the dawn, Moreau has gained a whole new outlook on things. She abandons her family in favor of Bory, even though neither has the slightest notion of what the future will hold. The Lovers gained notoriety upon its first release as the Movie With the Nude Scene: though a model of decorum by today's standards (the most suggestive moment is a shot of Moreau's hand falling limply on the bedsheets), the scene provided fodder for outraged guardians of public morals for several years. One hapless Cleveland theatre owner was arrested on an obscenity charge, a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. The Venice Film festival took a more liberal stance on the matter, awarding The Lovers a special jury prize. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Watching the Lovers by EDriscoll November 14, 2008 - 5:46 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
When watching "The Lovers," one has to remember it was filmed in 1958.You have the stereotypical boring inattentive husband, his very attractive wife who is totally isolated in a rural setting. She gets a taste of a different sort of life when she goes to the horse races with a friend, and finds a polo player instantly attractive.
When she breaks down in her car on a country road, she gets another driver to help and when he takes her home, the grateful husband invites him to dinner and to stay overnight. This is were the plot thickens and Moreau, as the housewife has an affair with the man who helped her when her car broke down.
The movie holds your interest, but you wonder if she is searching for another life, or maybe she is just a nymphomaniac.

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(Average 7.09)
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