Romance (1999)



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Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher cannot handle the almost complete lack of intimacy he will allow. Increasingly frustrated, she gradually finds her sexual appetites leading her into ever more risky situations, including a developing one with the headmaster.
R (for language and strong sexual content including dialogue)
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Trimark Pictures


Reza Habouhossein
as Man in the stairway
Emma Colbert
as Charlotte
as Model
Pierre Maufront
as Photographer
Antoine Amador
as Hair Dresser
Roman Rouzier
as Echography Technician
Oliver Buchette
as Head Doctor
Sylvie Drieu
as Assistant Nurse
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Critic Reviews for Romance

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (10)

Breillat is less interested in the sex acts than their deeper meaning.

Full Review… | November 28, 2009

Porn has never been so sleep-inducing.

November 15, 2007

The bottom line is acting out sexual urges and fantasies normally acceptable only in male characters, as the actress philosophizes with an assortment of cocks, determined to 'rape myself,' in a clinical orgy with a roomful of aspiring young gynecologists.

October 4, 2007
WBAI Web Radio

thought-provoking and truthful ...

October 17, 2001
Matt's Movie Reviews

Romance is explicit but not titillating

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Film Journal International

The film wavers between being a philosophical treatise on women and one about a woman's passions.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
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Audience Reviews for Romance


if you wish to preserve any of those idealistic notions about womankind (about yourself, if you were woman), stay away from any picture made by catherine breillat, whose viewpoints toward woman are the most misogynistic than ever!

Veronique Kwak
Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

Usually I am completely taken in by films with naked women and lots of sex, but with Catherine Breillat's Romance - not so much. The title is completely misleading. There's actually very little romance to be found. Instead, we are witness to a woman's spiraling decline into self-degradation as she chisels away the last remnants of her self-respect through an endless parade of carnal encounters. The problem here isn't with the direction or the performances, it's the shallowness of the material. There's no balance. There's not a single likeable character in the lot. It's difficult to care about characters you don't like and this screenplay never gives us a reason to like any of them. Maybe that's exactly what Breillat wants, she wants to populate her work with distasteful beings that you can't identify with or relate to. If so then I have to believe that her target audiences are serial killers and sadomasochistic sociopaths. This film is dark, pessimistic and depressing, anything but romantic.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


Now THIS is how you make an art film about sex.

Steve K
Steve K

Super Reviewer

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