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Directed by Catherine Breillat.
With Caroline Ducey, Sagamore Stévenin, François Berléand.
France, 1999, 35mm, color, 98 min.
French with English subtitles.

Breillat's controversial examination of female sexuality sees schoolteacher Marie (Ducey) set off on a series of sexual adventures after her male model boyfriend loses interest in her. She picks up Paolo (played by Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi) at a dance club, gets tied up by her school principal, who happens to be a bondage expert, encounters a violent stranger, and is examined by a team of gynecologists, pondering the nature of her own sexuality throughout. Though some have found its graphic imagery distressing, Romance intelligently creates startling new metaphors for the classic mind-body dilemma.

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Contemporary French Cinema