Une liaison pornographique (An Affair of Love) (A Pornographic Affair) (1999)
In this drama, two people discover that it's not as simple as they thought to have a purely sexual relationship. A man and woman in their early 40s (Nathalie Baye and Sergi Lopez), are introduced to each other through a personal ad and agree to meet once a week for a sexual liaison. The meetings are meant to be exciting but impersonal; they agree that they won't exchange names or ask questions about their lives outside this relationship. They also don't engage in convention, though we're never told (or shown) just what the couple is sharing instead. However, as the weeks go by, a bond grows between them, and after several weeks he proposes that they have dinner together before retiring to their hotel room; a few months down the road, she suggests that they should try making love in the traditional manner for the first time. These events bring them closer together, but they also change the tenor of their relationship; this change is symbolized most clearly when a man collapses in the hallway outside their motel room and together they take him to a hospital. Une Liaison Pornographique was screened at the 1999 Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. … More
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Critic Reviews for Une liaison pornographique (An Affair of Love) (A Pornographic Affair)
AN AFFAIR OF LOVE is that rare and much sought-after commodity, -- an adult love story presented with intelligence and craftsmanship.
A refreshingly mature look at sexuality: these are people over 30 enjoying active sex lives and able to intelligently examine their actions and the consequences.
wonderfully mature look at adult relationships
Committed performances and a teasing structure give weight to this minor enterprise.
Offers a multidimensional and richly textured exploration of sexuality.
Baye is left stranded, a performance too strong for a film this slight to contain.
If the film moved off its experimental mode and let us see the couple without the conditions the ground rules imposed on them, this might have been an even much better film.
It's a wonderfully touching film with a big and slightly bittersweet heart.
It's a modest film but rich with observation and unspoken regret, and the texture of their performances bring it to life.
Belgian director Frédéric Fonteyne's second feature is a short but ultimately tedious affair.
In a movie that bets the farm on delicate balancing, An Affair of Love comes close but doesn't quite strike the needed equilibriums.
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