Romance

1999

Romance

Critics Consensus

Romance is a slim look into a woman's sexual psyche, with sex scenes that slightly excite while exploring human emotions.

48%

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Reviews Counted: 33

45%
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Reviews Count: 0
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45%
Average Rating: 3/5

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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.

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Audience Reviews for Romance

½

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

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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

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½

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

Steve K
Steve K

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½

Crazy and weird of a young French female schoolteacher who tests her sexuality by submitting herself to various transgressive sexual encounters. Ugly and pointless.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

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