After Sex (1997)



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A middle-aged woman temporarily abandons her role as wife and mother to embark upon a mad love affair with a man 20 years her junior. Up until the time she meets handsome young Emilio, Diane Clovier had a relatively happy life with her husband, kids and career. Emilio, with his amoral charm, is the antithesis of her life and Diane throws herself into a heated frenzy of lovemaking and romance with him. She shows little regard for the destruction she causes within her family. Her husband Phillipe, a lawyer, finds out about the affair, but does nothing to stop it in the hope that she will come to her senses. But as her relationship with Emilio grows hotter, it looks as if Diane may be lost forever. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Brigitte Roüan
as Diane Clovier
Patrick Chesnais
as Philippe Clovier
Boris Terral
as Emilio
Nils Tavernier
as Francois Narou
Jean-Louis Richard
as Weyoman-Lebeau
Françoise Arnoul
as Mme. Lepluche
Emmanuele Bach
as Caroline
Carmen Chaplin
as Copine Narou
Gaelle Le Furr
as Isabelle
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Critic Reviews for After Sex

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

Narcissistic, skin-deep, cautionary tale about the dangers of middle-aged married women having flings with young men.

July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A hauntingly honest and provocative look at what an all-consuming love can in fact consume.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Weak, superficial, and unconvincing, it turns what could have been a searing experience into a trite, overwrought melodrama.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

By the end of the film, we have come to admire Rouan's courage as a performer and a filmmaker, in following Diane's mania as far as it will go.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Rouan's writing, as far as can be judged from subtitles, is pointed and vital. Her performance is superb.

December 31, 1999
The New Republic
Top Critic

This raw, compelling drama of amour fou is an emotional tour de force for Roüan.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Film Journal International

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