Romance

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Overview

Catherine Breillat's erotic drama Romance comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence on this release. Trimark has done little more than issue a pedestrian DVD of this interesting film. This disc is good enough, but everything about it could be better. ...
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Overview

Catherine Breillat's erotic drama Romance comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The French soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence on this release. Trimark has done little more than issue a pedestrian DVD of this interesting film. This disc is good enough, but everything about it could be better.
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Special Features

Dolby Stereo; Widescreen version; Interactive menus; Scene access; French, Spanish, & English subtitles; French language tracks
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
If ever a film de-eroticized romance, Catherine Breilliat's Romance is the one. A stark, austere portrait of one woman's masochistic sexual journeys, this bizarre drama is best interpreted as a kind of cerebral fantasy. To acknowledge that the events occur in a dream state of philosophical inquiry refuses any kind of literal analysis based on realism. The fact that Marie (Caroline Ducey) is a mere schoolteacher with a bourgeois lifestyle is just one example of the many improbabilities. However, when viewed as a kind of exposed secret diary, Romance becomes a frighteningly honest look inside the mind of a woman questioning her own sexual experiences. Far removed from the posturing and posing of a macho sexual adventurer (male or female), Marie's experiences are emotionally raw and uniquely personal. The explicit nudity and sex scenes are consistently interpreted from Marie's confused perspective, culminating in a fantastic visual construction of the mother/whore paradox. This brutal vulnerability naturally lends itself to unevenness in tone, alternating between wickedly funny absurdities to dangerously sad situations. Even with a tear-stained face, Marie reflects on her position with a critical eye and sharply detached wit. The unexpected ending is a bold act of defiance, with self-destruction eventually leading to the heroine's triumph. While difficult to watch for audiences expecting their titillation needs to be met, Romance remains totally unforgettable, with a shock ending that makes its impact even more brash.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2000
  • UPC: 031398724933
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: Français, English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,880

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Caroline Ducey Marie
Sagamore Stévenin Paul
François Berléand Robert
Rocco Siffredi Paolo
Technical Credits
Catherine Breillat Director, Screenwriter
Georges Arvanitis Cinematographer
Agnès Guillemot Editor
Paul Lainé Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Francois Lepetit Producer
D.J. Valentin Score Composer
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Scene Index

Scene Index
0. Scene Index
1. Matador [3:02]
2. Cheating [3:32]
3. Cage [5:58]
4. Indifferent [2:26]
5. Passion [4:16]
6. Delicious [3:16]
7. Had [3:36]
8. Seduction [2:56]
9. Disgusting [8:33]
10. Caress [4:11]
11. Yield [4:37]
12. Desire [4:41]
13. Domination [7:07]
14. Beautiful [3:45]
15. Painful [3:37]
16. Dream [2:21]
17. Moist [3:10]
18. Equipment [6:07]
19. Power Trip [3:45]
20. Meat [4:05]
21. Fabulous [5:24]
22. Chasing [2:37]
23. Even [2:45]
24. End Credits [2:30]
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   Menu Group #1 with 24 chapter(s) covering 01:38:28
Original Art Work
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    This Movie is a Must See

    This movie Romance is a story of a woman trying to find fullment, the polt is ok and the ending kind-of wried but its sexy and Inteelectual and thought provcking i recomend this movie for any debate class or psyhcology major.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In Your Face

    Interesting film, but potential purchasers should know that, bizarrely, the subtitles are positioned in the exact center of the screen. This is extremely distracting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    woman's point of view

    This movie is one that is not easy to forget, and like it says by one reviewer on the back of the box 'pure genius!', I am inclined to agree. The movie is filmed as if from a woman's point of view, and though containing a small (but well handled) amount of explicit sex, the story is interesting. I found myself fascinated by it and have watched it several times. The ending to it was sort of what I expected, but yet was done in a way that stunned me. In fact I had to 'rewind' the DVD to that one scene 2 or 3 times just to make sure that what I had just seen was really what happened. The film is very well made and enjoyable to watch. Sexy!

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    Posted June 4, 2010

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