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An Affair of LoveThe original french title was more provocative: ''Une Liaison Pornographique.'' But An Affair of Love is just as appropriate a title for this...An Affair of LoveRomance, Erotic, Foreign LanguagePT80MRThe original french title was more provocative: ''Une Liaison Pornographique.'' But An Affair of Love is just as appropriate a title for this...2000-08-09
Sergi Lopez, Nathalie Baye, ...

FOREIGN AFFAIR Lovers Baye and Lopez embrace the unknown

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An Affair of Love

Genre: Romance, Erotic, Foreign Language; Starring: Nathalie Baye, Sergi Lopez; Director: Frederic Fonteyne; Author: Philippe Blasband; Runtime (in minutes): 80; MPAA Rating: R

The original french title was more provocative: ”Une Liaison Pornographique.” But An Affair of Love is just as appropriate a title for this disconcertingly intimate recounting of the relationship between a nameless man (López from ”Western”) and woman (”The Return of Martin Guerre”’s Baye). The two enter a hotel room as strangers on an anonymous sexual adventure, but they exit as lovers who have misread each other tragically and pathetically.

Now, this being a quintessentially French film (even if director Frédéric Fonteyne is Belgian born and López is Spanish), monsieur and madame talk and analyze an awful lot – even during the film’s most erotic scene. But at least the talk isn’t cheap: By alternating what He says to an unseen interviewer with what She says and what the neutral camera shows, Fonteyne edges closer than most to capturing the mysterious rhythms of liaisons – pornographique, romantique, and otherwise.