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The Lover is director Jean-Jacques Annaud's adaptation of Marguerite Duras' minimalist 1984 novel. Set in French Indochina in 1929, the film explores the erotic charge of forbidden love. Jane March plays a French teenager sent to a Saigon boarding school, while Tony Leung is a 32-year Chinese aristocrat. They look at each and they both see a blinding white flash; it's kismet. He offers her a ride in his limousine and soon they meet in his "bachelor room" where they revel in a wide variety of creative sexual encounters. ...

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Jul 9, 2009

Lovely & Poignant

This is a great film, with compelling cinematography, focused acting performances free of exaggeration, and a recalled story (with matching musical scoring) that touches our core sense of romance without oversimplification. The final "character" is a closing Chopin Waltz that reflects the sentiment of all that has preceded it.

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