The LoverDirector: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Lover comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include ten minutes of footage that was edited out of the original North American release, and the original theatrical trailer. This is a solid release from MGM/UA that offers strong picture quality.
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- Original Release:
- Mgm (Video & Dvd)
- Region Code:
- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital, stereo]
Cast & Crew
|Jane March||The Young Girl|
|Tony Leung Kar-Fai||Chinese Man|
|Arnaud Giovaninetti||Elder Brother|
|Melvil Poupaud||Younger Brother|
|Lisa Faulkner||Helene Lagonelle|
|Frédéric Auburtin||Liner Pianist|
|Raymonde Heudeline||Writer (end)|
|Philippe LeDem||French Teacher|
|Xien Mang||Chinese Man's Father|
|Do Minh-vien||Young Boy|
|Helene Patarot||Assistant Mistress|
|Ann Schaufuss||Anne-Marie Stretter|
|Yvonne Wingerter||Writer (beginning)|
|Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Thanh At Hoang||Production Designer|
|Sophie Martel||Set Decoration/Design|
|Olivier Radot||Art Director|
|Gabriel Yared||Score Composer|
|Marguerite Duras||Source Author|
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/Facing Age [3:08]
2. Sibling Rivalry [6:15]
3. Passage to Saigon [7:51]
4. A Seductive Stranger [8:29]
5. Schoolgirls [2:15]
6. Blossoming Sexuality [5:18]
7. "The Bachelor's Room" [10:09]
8. Melancholy Afterglow [6:51]
9. No Future Together [9:12]
10. "Love & Hate" [8:01]
11. "Unacceptable Scandal" [11:08]
12. An Heir to Prejudice [8:57]
13. Pushing Love Away [8:30]
14. An Awful Arrangement [3:59]
15. A Lover Lost [5:38]
16. Undying Love/Credits [9:27]
Spoken Languages: English
Spoken Languages: Français
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I hadn't been in love yet when I first seen this movie.(I was only 13) As inexperienced as I was I could instictivly know that I was watching how true love really works. I still sometime cry for this couple. The lovers nights and passion soak the soul with harsh realities.
This movie just broke my heart.
this film is the proof that love can be somthing more than sex.
After watching this movie the first time, I watched it again and again and again and again...it was just wonderful and every time you watch it, you learn a new aspect of the movie. I recomend this movie if you love romance stories.
This is a beautiful movie with a deep love story! Not many movies are made about Chinese and non-Chinese romances, and this movie does it with a French Indochina backdrop in the 1920's. You know their love cannot work out in the end, and you actually begin to ache for these two characters. Everytime I see this movie, I am lost in it and I feel so sad for the couple. Added to it, this was the author's true story of her first romance. If you ever lost a true love, this movie is one for your collection!
The first time I saw this movie I was flicking through the cable channels and caught the tail end of it, but that 10 minutes was enough to have me hooked.
So I spent nearly a month waiting for it to show again, so I could learn the name of it and to watch it from the beginning.
This is the story of forbidden love, love lost, love abused and love unrecognized.
The story is narrated by the main character, with no names given to the characters to distract from the story's emotion.
Anyone who has ever read the Duras classic will probably wonder how this movie captures her quiet prose. I am mystified at the perfect casting and narrative. I weep everytime I see this film and I have seen this movie more times then I can count. Say what you will of the nude scenes - the film is a feast for the soul. If anyone has loved and lost this would be the film I would recommend.
You can't imagine that there are numerious emotions and loves within the story. The writer won't regard after telling the ''story'' but we do if we never watch it.
Having spent two years in Saigon and the northern Delta, the backdrop and scenery almost overtook the plot and characters for me. Ah, wonderful Saigon, the French Pearl of Indochina. Incredible photography that perfectly captures the essence of those days and hits one in the face with the beauty and atmosphere of that French influenced city of before WWII. Cho Lon, on the south side of Saigon, was the ethnic Chinese quarter. It lifted my heart to see the wonderful country and city scenery again. Dep Qua!! --Chao!
I come from French ancestry, but I still can't tell whether this film is about love or sex or both. Jean-Jacques Annaud is known for his intermingling of themes all at one time. One thing that reviewers forgot to mention in this "beautiful love story" was that Jane March servilely raped by her Chinese lover. Annaud is pointing out that cultures when they meet can have vicious results, I believe and as the film proceeds it doesn't have a happy ending.