The Lover (L'amant) (1992)
The Lover (L'amant) (1992)
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as The Young Girl
as The Chinaman
as Elder Brother
as Younger Brother
as Helene Lagonelle
as Chinese Man's Father
as French Teacher
as Anne-Marie Stretter
as Young Boy
as Assistant Mistress
as Young Servant
as Liner Pianist
as Kitchen Helper
as Dormitory Supervisor
as Bus Driver
as Young Girl's Coolie
as Ferry Captain
as Bus Controller
as Anne-Marie Stretter's Driver
Critic Reviews for The Lover (L'amant)
The Lover's rarefied sensibility takes getting used to; once its spell is cast, you won't want to blink.
Undercut by an air of self-congratulatory pomposity that the film is way too insubstantial to support.
The abundant sex - soft-core and tasteful - and the splendid sets make up for the film's banal style.
It's tough, clear-eyed, utterly unsentimental, produced lavishly but with such discipline that the exotic locale never gets in the way of the minutely detailed drama at the center.
Audience Reviews for The Lover (L'amant)
On the whole, L'amant strikes me as aloof and disconnected. It has aspirations of being elevated and artsy but offers no reason for empathy or audience connection with the characters. In the end I didn't really care whether or not the two lovers stayed together or parted ways. A beautiful but rather hollow film.
This movie is set in 1920s Saigon. On a chance encounter on a ferry crossing a rich Chinese man in his 30s meets a French school girl. They start an affair. He loves her but she seems to stay with him for his money as her family are poor. He wants to marry her but is forbidden because of their race and his father has planned an arranged marriage for him. She leaves for France but he never forgets her. Movie content is a little uneasy at times. Also sexually explicit.
Another great Annaud oeuvre. I love the book and this film was very faithful to Marguerite Duras's wonderful, evocative narration. I was very skeptical because so much of Duras's sad, beautiful work is often too abstract, contradictory, ambiguous, and yet Annaud did manage to make episodes linear, comprehensible, but not trivial. There's still so much properly left unsaid about the relationship of a 15 year old French girl and a 32 year old Chinese man. It was quite a relief, actually, to have so much vague, fascinating content put in images, and feelings incarnated in real people. Jeanne Moreau's voice was exactly the type of voice I wanted to hear in an adaptation of L'Amant. Contained, breathy, grave. Tony Leung Ka Fai was also, quite honestly, an accurate choice to play the lovesick man. His performance is one of the most captivating things about the movie, apart from the cinematography and the richness of the story itself. It was a very pleasant surprise, I didn't think I would like it. It's beautiful.
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