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The Lover (1992)

Cast: Jane March, Jane March, Tony Leung Kar-Fai, more...
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud, Jean-Jacques Annaud
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: MGM
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Romance, British Drama, Coming of Age , UK, Erotica
Running Time: 115 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
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, All Movie Guide

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Excellent performances by dalcinaye July 17, 2005 - 8:20 PM PDT
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2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Kar-fai and March offer stellar performances in this doomed, erotic romance. Ms. March in her fedora on the ferry to Saigon is a memorable moment in cinematic history. This film was enjoyable from beginning to end.




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Lovely and Hurtful
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Lovely and hurtful in all the most special ways. My view of love might be just a little...dark.
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