Henry & June (1990)
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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. Anaïs 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), Anaïs is introduced to Henry Miller (Fred Ward), a writer from America who shares Anaïs' passion for both eros and literature; she is later introduced to June (Uma Thurman), Henry's wife and a practicing bisexual. While Anaïs 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 Anaïs begin an affair. Anaïs' 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, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Henry & June
Following Kaufman's impressive cinematic adaptations of such difficult-to-film works as The Right Stuff and The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Henry and June is a major disappointment.
Audience Reviews for Henry & June
Although Fred Ward would not be most people's idea of the sexiest leading man, this tale based on the works of Anais Nin is far steamier than most of the cornball soft-core porn that passes for erotica these days, and the literary subplot makes an interesting period backdrop.
A remarkably graphic tale involving Henry Miller. It is surprising but rewarding.
It is interesting watching a movie in 2009 made with a 1990?s take on a story that take place in the 1940?s. The pitch for the story is that it is an intellectual story with steamy romance, but to me it still comes off as soft core porn with an interesting plot. I have to say that I have never finished reading either Miller work I can?t tolerate his open misogyny to get tot there point. Most of my focus in the movie is to Maria se Mederios and Umma Therman. Maria is delicately beautiful and her acting is very subtle. Her role in the movie is limited to voice-over, long diatribes or intercourse. I would have been more enjoyable to have her as an active participant in her life. In the end the character she portrays does not ring true to the person Anis really was. The young Uma Therman is a beautiful as ever, however the New York accent seems tacked on and would be better off left out. His relationship with Ward is really not well defined. The scenes with Maria are well defined the required manipulative qualities. If you strip away the accent this is probably here best acting role. Fred Wards fake bald head really caught my eye and is really distracting. Kevin Spacey bit part adds more to the picture than Fred Ward. Ward is better suited for blowing-up things in Tremors. Too Bad Spacy was not cast as Miller.
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