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Romance back to product details

Maybe something was lost in translation.
written by jpurdom February 13, 2012 - 6:15 PM PST
This is a rather bad movie. First I would question the initial reviewer. 'Shockingly graphic sex"??? Be forewarned, the most graphic shot of a vagina in this movie has a baby coming out of it... and it is graphic. The birth movies that you watch in pre-natal classes have nothing on this movie.

The rest of the movie is full of this woman talking about tired, cliched stereotypes. I think the 'clever' thing about this movie was supposed to be that they are reversed. Its the guy who is a frigid unloving person and the woman is the sex-starved raving slut. It might have worked if the dialog hadn't been written by sex starved 3rd-graders.

written by JGereben January 1, 2006 - 10:39 AM PST
3 out of 7 members found this review helpful
If you want to see a good film that happens to be "pornographic," "Green Chair" is the ticket. If you want to see characters and a story grating on the mind and feelings to the point of unwanted, angry "arousal," "Romance" is the one. Yuck.

an analysis of a woman's mind
written by pyeung May 31, 2005 - 11:28 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Roger Ebert encapsulates the themes of this film really well. He mentions that Marie doesn't really know what she wants with her boyfriend, Paul, as she was on a "dogged march to orgasm." The film is about how Marie deals with her relationship with Paul, who remains emotionally and sexually distant. She cheats on Paul with Paolo but realizes that she cannot love Paolo. At the end of her sessions with Robert, she still returns to Paul. Her love for Paul prompts her to have these flings with the other men in order to fulfill her sexual frustrations. Her dilemma with sex and love is played out really well. My favorite scene of the movie is towards the end when a pregnant Marie sits next to Paul at the bar. They keep glancing at each other?s shoulder but never make eye contact. This agonizing silence and the chilly atmosphere enlighten Marie about Paul. It is at that moment when she finally recognizes that the burden of their relationship is too much and becomes unbearable. Maybe, she realizes that she never really loves him. Marie keeps thinking throughout the film and her narrative shows her gradual change in attitude and idea about love and sex. I find that to be very exciting to watch as each scene adds to the complexity of her character.

written by wes2666 September 28, 2004 - 10:47 PM PDT
6 out of 16 members found this review helpful
A throw-back to the expectations viewers used to have about "Foreign" films; pretentious people, listlessly spouting aphorisms, having a lot of sex. Of course there isn't anything wrong with this formula, but Romance X is deadly flat and heavy-handed. Each obvious scene is accompanied by voice-over pronouncements about "men" and "women" (or "us" and "them"). I wasn't sure whether to take these philosophies seriously or to see them as emanations of the characters. Either way they were worthless. The only thing that carried me through the film was Caroline Ducey who, with her expressive face and interesting body, almost makes a couple of scenes watchable.


(Average 5.46)
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