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.

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Total Count: 34

45%

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User Ratings: 5,347
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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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Critic Reviews for Romance

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Audience Reviews for Romance

  • Aug 11, 2011
    Don't let the title fool you. If anything this is anti anything the word Romance might imply. A really clever, dark psycholgical erotic drama that is at times pretty disturbing and should appeal to fans of films like Breaking the Waves, Secretary or The Piano Teacher. Caroline Ducey was great in the leading role. Really cold, subtle and real performance for sure. The overall tone and pace of the film can be described in the same way, so might alienate some viewers, but this still has a very engaging story that kept me intrested from begining to end. Features a very realistic birth scene which is difficult to watch. Recommended.,
    Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2009
    Usually I am completely taken in by films with naked women and lots of sex, but with Catherine Breillat's <i>Romance</i> - 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 T Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2008
    Now THIS is how you make an art film about sex.
    Steve K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2007
    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 K Super Reviewer

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