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Unfaithful 2002

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Edward and Connie Sumner are a wonderfully maintained middle-aged couple living the American dream. Together with their eight year-old son, a dog and a housekeeper, they share an enviable life in the suburbs of New York City.

Starring:
Diane Lane, Erik Per Sullivan
Runtime:
2 hours, 3 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Adrian Lyne
Starring Diane Lane, Erik Per Sullivan
Supporting actors Richard Gere, Olivier Martinez, Myra Lucretia Taylor, Michelle Monaghan, Chad Lowe, Joseph Badalucco Jr., Erich Anderson, Damon Gupton, Kate Burton, Margaret Colin, Marc Forget, Larry Gleason, Dominic Chianese, George F. Miller, Paul D. Failla, Hal Smith-Reynolds, Tyree Michael Simpson, Liza Colón-Zayas
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Wow, I knew Diane Lane could act, but this movie really sealed it for me. She MADE this movie. "Unfaithful" is a really well-done movie about a suburban housewife who finds herself having an affair with a younger man. This action has a devastating reaction that will reverberate forever. Although the theme is really nothing new, Lane's superb acting truly conveys her character's mixed emotions - embarrassment, excitement, shame, giddiness. The gamut of emotions that runs across her face on her subway ride home after her first tryst with her lover pretty much tells the whole story of how this woman feels about what she's doing. It's an unforgettable scene and an unforgettable piece of acting that will be a classic. Without Lane, this movie would have been very, very good. With Lane, it was elevated to a whole new level. Diane Lane thoroughly deserved her Oscar nomination for this performance; she deserved to win it.
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UNFAITHFUL is a movie that needs to be seen for a person to understand how it towers above and achieves everything that the four I just mentioned tried to do (or should have). The best double feature I could think of would be pairing this with AMERICAN BEAUTY; UNFAITHFUL could easily be seen as a sublime lesson in what the suburbs can do to the soul, and how it as such can be more dangerous to the soul than the ghetto's crime rate can be to the body and mind. *Boredom* seems to be the only motivating force leading to the eventual destruction of their entire lives in this movie--a woman's boredom. And yet what makes this film so powerful (other than, again, the triple-Oscar winning performance of Diane Lane) is the fact that it is so well written and masterfuly directed--not to mention achieves ensemble with its supporting cast of men and women--that a clear cut motivation really does not exist. Glen Close was just crazy; Michael Douglas was just selfish; Jeremy Irons was just strung up too tight and a profoundly manipulative woman snapped him; Wesley Snipes (according to Spike) just had to have some White-ness; Thandie Newton was heartbroken...everyone had a clear cut motivation for their actions (otherwise known as the megaphone for the director in question's ideas about life [or the marketplace]), except Diane Lane in UNFAITHFUL. And that is what will really disturb you to the point of needing to take a couple days out and digest the lesson on human nature you have been given by the time the credits role.
If you are a Richard Gere fan, you will be surprised over the fact that, as good an actor as he is and can be, he triumphs in this movie almost purely by staying out of Dianel Lane's artistic way! He deserves a *most generous supporting actor* Oscar. My girlfriend's life was changed by what she saw in this movie (it deeply frightened and overwhelmed her); and I think mine was too. If you are in love or married, see this movie at your own risk. But see it.
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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Nov. 2003
Format: DVD
"Unfaithful," a sensual and somber drama about infidelity, stars Diane Lane and Richard Gere as a married couple headed for tragedy. Connie (Lane) and Edward (Gere) are successful suburbanites with a seemingly happy marriage, until Connie meets an attractive younger man and begins an affair. Edward wonders what's going on, hires a private detective, and gets the answer he suspected all along.
Diane Lane's character is the focus of the film. Lane is memorable as the guilt-ridden wife who is obsessed with her lover. She is lovely, mature, and honest in her portrayal. Gere is almost a supporting actor here, but he is wonderful playing an average guy. The usually stunning Gere actually has a few moments where he looks frumpy, with his glasses, slouched posture, and extra pounds. Olivier Martinez plays Lane's paramour. His character was fairly one-dimensional and could have been developed further, but he was very good in the role.
I had to watch Unfaithful twice to decide if I liked it or not (I do.). The first time, I thought it was relatively dull because of its relentlessly low-key presentation ad leisurely pace. However, on the second viewing, I found it a real winner. There are long periods without dialogue, where the camera focuses on facial nuances. The silence gives one a chance to appreciate the fine acting. The photography is excellent, from wide shots of dirty urban streets to warm glimpses of home, with child and dog. Lane did have chronically messy hair and she tugged at it endlessly, but I suppose this was to emphasize her nervous energy. The musical score was lovely; lilting and romantic.
Diane Lane certainly deserved her nomination for Best Actress; all the actors were outstanding. I recommend Unfaithful to those who looking for a thoughtful story that examines the effect of an affair on a husband and wife; it is erotic and tender, with some surprises and an provocative ending.
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For me "Unfaithful" presented some interesting considerations simply on the basis of the casting of the principle actors in the Sumner family. This is Diane Lane, whom I had a big time crush on when her first film "A Little Romance" came out in 1979, as the wife; Richard Gere, the sexy star of "American Gigolo" and "Pretty Woman," as the husband; and Erik Per Sullivan, Dewey on "Malcolm in the Middle," as the child. Consequently, "Unfaithful" tells the story of a wife who has a steamy affair, played by the only child star I ever had a crush on, who thereby cheats on her husband, one of the sexiest stars in the movies, while their child, one of the cutest and funniest little kids ever to be on television, watches and wonders what is going on.
In all these personal ruminations the Gere movie persona actually plays into the effectiveness of the film, because we are never really sure why Connie Sumner has an affair. More to the point, we are not sure why she, or any woman, would cheat on Richard Gere (Edmund Sumner). The film's suggestion is that Connie is caught up in strong natural forces, symbolized by the extremely strong winds that literally blow her into the arms of another man, Paul Martel (Olivier Martinez). But ultimately what is important here are not the causes, but the results as both straying wife and desperate husband go too far.
"Unfaithful" is based on Claude Chabrol's film "La Femme Infidele," and "based" is indeed the operative world (although the story goes back in great literature to "Madame Bovary"). Although I have not seen the original, it is clear from the director's commentary and other mentions of the French film that there are significant differences between the two, both in terms of what is shown regarding the affair (more) and where the story ends (later).
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