(aka 'After Sex')

Directed by Brigitte RoŘan
France 1997

 

I quite enjoyed this film and it stayed with me for a few days of pondering thought as well. Seasoned actress Brigitte RoŘan directs herself as a middle-aged woman swept up in a romantic adulterous affair with a much younger man. Her cinematic efforts to capture the deeply imbedded feeling of aching lovesickness succeeds on many levels. It opens with an image of a cat in heat and the film seems desperate to transfer the feeling of sexual awakening, self-love and buried desire in her character of Diane. The parallel storyline is that of her husband, aware of her affair, and keeping busy as a lawyer preparing to defend a woman who killed her husband... for his extensive affair. This hint of corollary adequately distracts from the growing crisis of Diane's breakdown when dumped by her hunky beau. A slightly obvious, but wonderful, ending convince us of the film's sincerity and let us dismiss the slight dragging of the last 1/3 of the film to that point. It reminded me of CÚdric Kahn's L'Ennui (which I don't know why we haven't reviewed) Very enjoyable. out of        

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: August 29th, 1997 - Montreal Film Festival

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Runtime 1:24:36 
Video 1.75:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.53 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
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Studio: New Yorker Video

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.75:1

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DVD Release Date: September 13th, 2005

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More than likely PAL sourced this image is not very strong, but is certainly tube acceptable. It is dark (as intended at times) The subtitles are kind of funny as they have a UK-centric slant (a lot of "bloke' and 'telly' references). Although the image is not particularly sharp, the strong physical acting transfers the emotions most thoroughly. No extras save a trailer but this is a good film and one well worth watching.  

Gary W. Tooze

 





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