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Unfaithful /

Rated: R

Starring: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez, Erik Per Sullivan, Myra Taylor 

Directed by: Adrian Lyne 

Produced by: Adrian Lyne, G. Mac Brown 

Written by: Alvin Sargent, William Broyles, Jr., Stephen Schiff, Susannah Grant 

Distributor: 20th Century Fox


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     Unfaithful is about obsession, and how it can turn normal people’s lives into insanity. It is crammed full of sex, violence, and language; but these things contribute to its effectiveness. The film captures human nature in its finest form, and realistically approaches tough issues. Diane Lane, Richard Gere, and Oliver Martinez give beautiful performances to light up this one of a kind erotic thriller. The direction, by Adrian Lyne, is done with style, and a flare that lights up the sexy mystery with wit. Unfaithful keeps its charm through the whole duration, and leaves us guessing until the very last seconds of film finish playing.

     Connie Sumner (Diane Lane) is the perfect mother. She lives with her husband, Edward Sumner (Richard Gere), a rich business man, and son, Charlie Sumner (Erik Per Sullivan), a cute little youngster. They have the perfect New York house, in the heart of the suburbs, and away from the city. Connie and Edward have a loving marriage, and admire each other greatly. Their son, Charlie, is something they take the utmost pride in. This family is infallibly perfect, and everything they touch turns to gold. Who could ask for more? When the marriage loses its sexual spark, Connie does.

     One day in New York City, Connie is trying to hop a cab. It is extremely windy, and several people are falling down from the incredible force. This happens to Connie, when she and a man bump into each other on accident. She drops her bags, and he drops the several books that he was carrying. He asks her to come into his apartment to get cleaned up, and promises her that he’s “not an ex-murderer.” She enters his apartment, which is consisted of a giant maze of pile after pile of books. She cleanses her cuts in the bathroom, and wraps then in gauze. After having tea with him, and jotting down his telephone number; she thanks him and leaves. Little did Connie know, she would be visiting his apartment several more times. What once was an accident begins to seem strangely real. Obsession - Compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea or an unwanted feeling or emotion, often accompanied by symptoms of anxiety.

     The direction and performances combine to create an erotic and skillfully done picture. Diane Lane plays Connie Sumner without flaw, and is very sexy in her role, as well. Richard Gere captures the spirit of the suspicious husband, Edward Sumner well,  and is nearly perfect. Oliver Martinez was the best choice any casting director could make for the part of Paul Martel, the sexually ferocious bookworm, simply because of the fact that he’s foreign. Adrian Lyne directs with care, and captures this magnificent story. Unfaithful is one of the best movies of the year. It is excellently made, and is mysteriously pleasurable to watch.

-Danny, Bucket Reviews


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