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

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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.

Jul 12, 2002 | Rating: 2/4

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

Feb 14, 2001 | Full Review…

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

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

Jan 1, 2000

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

Mar 1, 2007 | Full Review…

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