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Henry & June (1990)

Cast: Maria De Medeiros, Maria De Medeiros, Fred Ward, more...
Director: Philip Kaufman, Philip Kaufman
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Drama, Romance, Biopics, Erotica
Running Time: 137 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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The real-life relationship between two of the most controversial literary figures of the 20th century forms the basis for this drama. Ana´s Nin (Maria de Medeiros) is a struggling author trying to finish her first book, a study of the work of D.H. Lawrence. She also has a keen sexual curiosity that is not being satisfied by her sweet but unexciting husband, Hugo (Richard E. Grant). Through Hugo's friend Richard (Kevin Spacey), Ana´s is introduced to Henry Miller (Fred Ward), a writer from America who shares Ana´s' passion for both eros and literature; she is later introduced to June (Uma Thurman), Henry's wife and a practicing bisexual. While Ana´s is attracted to Henry, to her surprise, she's even more strongly drawn to June; June, however, must return to America, and with her approval, Henry and Ana´s begin an affair. Ana´s' newfound sense of sexual liberation leads her to several new lovers over the next several months, but she and Henry find themselves pursuing the same object of affection when June returns to Paris. Henry & June's frank but tasteful treatment of sexual themes led the MPAA to threaten the film with an X-rating; instead, the film became the first feature released with the revised NC-17 classification. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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HOT by alexjb November 6, 2005 - 9:58 PM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
tortured writers; early 20th century bisexuals; entrapping visual sequences; what more could you ask for?

OK, so Richard Grant (as boring husband Hugo) can't seem to deliver a line properly in the entire film, and there are accent problems left and right. but maria de medeiros is gorgeous and perfect for the period look. her portrayal of a writer wanting to swim in the deep dark waters is marvelous. the sexual explorations, in terms of the encounters as well as the inter-personal dramas are refreshingly complex and realistic.

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