Une liaison pornographique   1999   France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg A Pornographic Affair
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Director:Frédéric Fonteyne
Studio:ARP Sélection
Writer:Philippe Blasband
IMDb Rating:7.0 (3,293 votes)
Awards:5 wins & 7 nominations
Genre:Drama, Romance
Duration:80 min
Frédéric Fonteyne  ...  (Director)
Philippe Blasband  ...  (Writer)
Nathalie Baye  ...  Her
Sergi López  ...  Him
Jacques Viala  ...  Interviewer
Paul Pavel  ...  Joseph Lignaux
Sylvie Van den Elsen  ...  Madame Lignaux
Pierre Gerranio  ...  Hotel receptionist
Hervé Sogne  ...  Ambulance driver
Christophe Sermet  ...  Hospital employee
André Dziezuk  ...  Composer
Marc Mergen  ...  Composer
Jeannot Sanavia  ...  Composer
Virginie Saint-Martin  ...  Cinematographer
Chantal Hymans  ...  Editor
Comments: A cute, yes cute, 40ish French couple recount the stages of their pornographic affair to an interviewer. I say cute because most of the acting they both did was thoughtful, sincere reflection, and I thought they were cute.

We are never told nor shown what kind of kinky sex constituted the affair. Instead, the focus is on how they come to really like one another and then tragically decide to stop seeing one another.

Even though I liked the characters I think the film was a cheap tease and tried to pull on the heartstrings too much. I don't know what the goal was for the film and the ride by itself wasn't good enough to compensate. It was neither erotic nor sexy, and for a 'talkie' film it had a little too much yardage between the goal posts.

Summary: They recount their impressions to the Interviewer. They met through a magazine ad, She and He. They corresponded through the Internet. He responded to her ad seeking someone to fulfil her fantasy for "a pornographic affair". This is their first meeting in a Paris café. He's a little reticent. She wants to know whether or not he's hairy. (He is; he's Spanish.) They retire to a nearby hotel room. The door of the room closes. Unseen, the affair is consummated... They continue to see one another regularly each week. They find they get along well together. Soon she suggests that they try normal sex the next time...

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