The Lover

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Released 1992

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Director:
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Released:
1992
Rating:
NC-17
The Lover is a 1992 French drama from director Jean-Jacques Annaud and based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Marguerite Duras. The film, like the novel, is a semi-autobiographical account of Duras' experiences as a young French girl growing up with an abusive family in Vietnam who finds comfort in the arms of an older Chinese businessman. Jane March gives a command performance in her first feature film, playing The Young Girl. She's confused and lonely, harboring an intense disaffection for everyone in her life—her crazed mother, troubled brother, demanding teachers and mean classmates. Tony Leung Ka-fai plays The Chinese Man, the son of a wealthy businessman who recently dropped out of school. The Chinese Man is captivated by The Young Girl, and the two begin a steamy affair filled with intense passion as well as mutual resentment. Through The Chinese Man's demanding lust and refined lifestyle, The Young Girl emerges from her unfair and unhappy young life with an understanding of love most people have to wait years to realize. The Lover is a sexy and smart story about a forbidden passion that forever changes two people.moreless
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    Drama

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    Love & Romance, Historical, Foreign Language