A deeply haunting and provocative masterpiece. Stunningfilm-making. (by peterpemberton1)
Whoever thought that director Adrian Lyne and star Richard Gere were finished needs to see this haunting and provocative film. Because this is a stunner that will put both back on the map - big time. For all their star power though, it is the female star Diane Lane who must take huge credit for making this such an effective movie.I've always liked Lane as an actress from when she was a kid in Francis Ford Coppola films, but she rarely got the chance to 'carry' a film. Well, she not only 'carries' UNFAITHFUL, she delivers one of the most haunting and powerful performances I <more>
have seen from an actress. Think Julia Roberts in ERIN BROCKOVICH or Ellen Burstyn in REQUIEM FOR A DREAM and you get the picture. Stunning acting.While the committed performances are what make a great movie greater, it is Adrian Lyne who has constructed such a wonderful and effective rhythm and style to UNFAITHFUL. This is not an art-film, but it is not a blockbuster either. It lays somewhere between the two and delivers on all fronts. I was totally glued to my seat from start to finish.
Oscar nominee Diane Lane is seductive and sexy in Unfaithful (by jennifergally)
Unfaithful was an extremely powerful movie and was much, much more than what i had expected when i rented the dvd. Diane Lane was the main reason i got this film out because i had heard so many good things about her performance and that she has won the Oscar nomination for best actress in the films main role. Well, the hype was true. The film is excellent and Diane is seductive, sexy and downright awesome as the films main focus. She proves here what many believed before... she is a beautiful and talented star capable of carrying a movie. Richard Gere gives very solid support to her and the <more>
films director really knows his game. An all around winner.
I wasn't expecting much from 'Unfaithful' as I thought it would be another 'The Perfect Murder' type thriller. But 'Unfaithful' is so much more than what 'The Perfect Murder' could ever be. It's deeper. It's darker. It has so many psychological layers. It's more a character driven drama rather than than plot driven. The plot may not be exactly original but it's the influence of it on the characters is what 'Unfaithful' is about. The film is very engaging as we witness the psychological effects of the consequences of Connie's <more>
decision. Lyne deserves praise for his excellent artistic execution. I loved how he used symbolism such as metaphors and pathetic fallacies and shows great attention to detail as is evident in the visuals. The editing is clear cut. Biziou's cinematography is great and Kaczmarek's score sets the tone. Note that during the key moments, when the main characters are conversing, the background music is absent. Richard Gere and Olivier Martinez, though a little too old, do decent jobs. However, it is Diane Lane who gives a career-defining performance. Her sublime portrayal of the incredibly sexy Connie is awesome. She carries the film. It is Diane Lane and Adrian Lyne's film. 'Unfaithful' is a magnificent engaging artistic drama. I don't understand why some were even harsh enough to call it soft-core. Do they even know the definition of soft-core? Others seem to have a problem with why Connie, who had the perfect life, would have an affair. But I feel it necessary to stress that nobody is perfect and therefore the perfect life does not exist. Connie's affair wasn't a planned thing. Who knows why it happened? Perhaps she wanted to feel younger, perhaps she was bored, or perhaps she wanted more from her husband. I don't think it was with the intention to ruin her 'perfect' life. There doesn't have to be a clear reason...as affair's don't necessarily happen for the best reasons.
Don't go see this movie based on the fact it's labeled a thriller. Even though it includes a murder which is not even premeditated , it actually is a drama and centers more on the damage caused by the affair.Unfaithful shows an emotional depth rarely found in mainstream movies, and the common nature of the subject who hasn't seen unfaithful people around them? makes it all the more involving for the audience. The film is an acting tour de force, especially on Diane Lane's part. Her portrayal of Constance Sumner, a housewife torn between the attraction she feels towards a <more>
predatory Frenchman Paul Mortel, portrayed by Olivier Martinez and the guilt she feels because of it is stunning. The scene where she returns home on a commuter train after their first sexual encounter and alternates between exhilaration and despair is unforgettable. Paul Mortel is reckless and causes her to take all sorts of risks of being discovered as their affair progresses, which makes her struggle to maintain the appearance of a normal life all the more interesting. Richard Gere also gives a good performance as the husband who crashes down to earth after first suspecting and then obtaining confirmation of what is going on.The movie has some weaknesses. For example, I am wondering why the police detectives couldn't get a listing of the people who called at the victim's apartment on the days before the murder. They would certainly have been able to establish a connection with the murderer. The movie also does not have an explicit ending, which may not please some viewers.However, Unfaithful is worth seeing just for the acting, and tends to sit on your mind long after you've seen it, a bit like Hitchcock's Vertigo. You'll think twice before having an affair now.
Not Bad, Thought Provoking - Spoilers (by Tony-211)
SPOILERS I was upset at viewing the trailer for this movie, let alone see it. Being a faithful, loving husband as myself with full trust in my gorgeous young wife, the subject disturbed me. A happy TRUSTED wife and mother would give everything up for a little sex, and nasty sex at that. He just doesn't have sex with her, he pretty much f---s her every way possible. Lane does a great job at getting the whole story across with her facial expressions, she has done really well here. Gere's confrontation scene is PERFECT, it was so real, I felt every word that he says to her, and can <more>
believe it knowing that I would feel the same way myself.The question of this movie is asked, what is the bigger sin? The affair, or the murder?? I feel sorry for Gere's character, he got screwed by his wife, then he screwed himself when he reacted to the affair. Seriously think about it, you find out that your loving wife is getting it on with some dirtball who could have any disease in the book and treating your wife like a piece of meat, of course the thoughts are going to be stirred up of what they did. I would say that's a clear case of temporary insanity, if he wouldn't have hid the body, he might have been able to get a fair day in court. I am ticked about the ending though, why show us a story about these two lives if you didn't intend on finishing the story. "Draw your own conclusions," the director says. I say, "screw that, I wanna know." Of course, we all know what probably happened though.This just proves the point that cheaters are scum, any way you slice it, or try to justify it, they ARE scum. I just wish everybody would get caught like Conny did, but without the murder, just the "I HATE YOU, YOU PIG" speechYES the murder is the bigger sin, but the way the affair was portrayed thinking of it happening in real life made it a real tossup. I don't agree with what Edward did, he should have just beat the crap out of him. Then went home, got drunk, told his wife off, then threw her out on the street. Take the pictures, go to court and take the kid off his wife except weekends, that would have been more realistic. She had a cozy place in SOHO to stay, I would have told her to go there from now on.Any movie this thought provoking is a decent movie, I give it a 9/10.
Touching, very realistic portrayal of infidelity and how destructive it can be. (by xbabe82517)
I was very touched by this film. The way director Adrian Lyne shows that a marriage doesn't necessarily have to be in trouble for one partner to stray is very realistic, and makes the movie far more interesting because we know how much Connie played fantastically by Diane Lane stands to lose if her affair is ever exposed. Connie's lover Paul is played by Olivier Martinez, and I think he was equally fantastic. He just brought his character to life, and I think a lot of his appeal is largely because he's French! But he's so interesting to watch in this movie, I just loved <more>
watching the way Connie and Paul were captivated by each other. And it's all in the looks and the body language, not the dialogue. When you see Connie trying to resist Paul you only have to look at her to know what she really wants. The interaction and the chemistry Lane and Martinez had together was amazing, and for me it made the movie. Richard Gere is good and actually plays a likeable character, not arrogant and aggressive like the majority of characters he's played. All the characters are very likeable in fact, even Paul despite us having half an idea he has other women too and knowingly pursued a married woman. And we like Connie because we can see she's devoted to her family but when it comes to Paul she's powerless to resist. What I loved about this movie was the way that Connie and Paul literally blew into each other, and thus their fate was sealed. ***SPOILER!!!*** Meeting Connie ultimately led to Paul's death, and for Connie life would never be the same. It was a very touching portrayal of showing how one moment in your life can change everything. It was an accident, neither of them went looking for each other. Initially there isn't even any sexual attraction between them, which was an effective way of getting the audience to like Paul. He helped Connie because she was hurt, not because he wanted to get her into bed. Despite what he ends up doing with her we know right away that he's a caring man, but also too weak and selfish to ignore his desires. And I'm sure the majority of people have been guilty of that once or twice, whether it's indulging in an affair or having a sneaky chocolate bar when we're supposed to be dieting! I'm sure those people who've been in Connie's position would tell us that having an affair does NOT mean you no longer care about your family. And finally, the music in this movie is amazing, beautiful. The way it is used in different scenes is so perfect and just gives them that finishing touch. It sends shivers up my spine just listening to it. All in all, a fantastic movie. 9/10.
First off, I was quite surprised to see the cinema so full for this movie, even on opening weekend. I guess not that many movies for women in their 30's plus exist these days!I expected this movie, as I'm sure many people did, to be a Fatal Attraction but with the genders switched around.I was pleasantly surprised and shocked by it NOT being what I expected, and I definitely enjoyed it alot more than Fatal Attraction.The summary of this movie is that Diane Lane's character starts cheating on her husband Richard Gere with a beautiful French man Olivier Martinez . Everything else <more>
should be left for surprise.The pacing of this movie is perfect. We got a sense of Connie and Edward's home life before she met the dashing Paul. They have a darling son, Charlie, who adds alot of humour to the movie, but in a non precocious way. After the affair starts we see Connie's feelings range from excitement to complete disgust with herself. And of course Edward inevitably finds out. His reaction is interesting, to say the least, and perhaps very honest. The acting is great, especially from Diane Lane. The sex scenes are pretty raunchy, and made me uncomfortable at certain points, but it's interesting to see how different sex with the lover and sex with the husband were.At the end of this movie I didn't feel cheated or robbed with some contrived ending although others may argue differently . This film dealt with how being in an affair must feel, and how finding out you're being cheated on could make your react in uncharacteristic ways.As a movie critic said, this movie will indeed make you never have an affair!
Is this a "great" film? Is this a Oscar-winning masterpiece? I honestly do not know. I was so engrossed in the plot that I didn't have time to judge artistic value. I was glued to my seat from start to finish. This is sassy, sexy thriller that delivers the goods and then some. But the actors make it work. The chemistry between each of the characters is electric. Though Richard Gere gets star billing, it's the beautiful Diane Lane who has the most screen time. I'm always delighted to see her beautiful face on screen, but this is her most powerful performance up-to-date. <more>
Newcomer Olivier Martinez shows great charisma. He is a very talented actor, and if he goes on with his career in American movies, he can become the next Antionio Banderas. I swear, there were moments in the film where even I felt charmed by him. Richard Gere hasn't had a successful movie in years, and hopefully he'll get back on the ball with "Unfaithful." He delivers a fine, subtle performance and though I may be out on a limb, I'll say it's one of his best. I haven't seen any of Adrian Lyne's past work, but I know he's an acclaimed director and now that I've seen this film, I'm curious to check out "Fatal Attraction" and his other past films. He definitely knows how to set the tone. The scenes have a cohesive rhythm, and I even spotted moments of symbolism. "Unfaithful" is an intriguing, compelling piece--a real edge-of-your-seat nail-biter! My score: 8 out of 10
A summer blockbuster for adults (by DunnDeeDaGreat)
Adrian Lyne has succuced once again in making a film about the consquences of an affair. While the trailer leads you to belive the film is like Fatal Attraction it's nothing like it. The acting by Richard Gere is some of his best work in a long time, but the tour deforce performance in he movie belongs to Diane Lane. Lane gives an Oscar worthy performace as the wife of Gere. Diane Lane sexuality in the film is so sensual and awe insprining I would cheat with her my damn self. I highly reccomned this film.