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A French romance following Suzanne (the always great Kristin Scott Thomas, Gosford Park, The English Patient), a well-to-do married mother in the south of France, and her mid-life affair.

Suzanne's idle bourgeois lifestyle is getting her down so she decides to return to her work as a physiotherapist. Her husband agrees to fix up a consulting room for her in their backyard. When she meets the Spanish man (Pan's Labyrinth's Sergi López) hired to do the building, their mutual attraction is sudden and violent. Suzanne goes for gold, decides to give up her life and family and live this all-engulfing passion to the fullest.

2009Rating: R16, contains sex scenes85 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaRomanceWorld Cinema
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Variety

Variety

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Tightly wound and crafted, with robust performances by Kristin Scott Thomas and recurrent Spanish Don Juan Sergi Lopez, the pic offers a rough, no-frills take on a story as old as France itself. Capitalizing on Agnes Godard's handheld imagery and a soundtrack filled with music from Francois Truffaut's films, Corsini ("La Repetition") turns a rather classic pitch into something more.

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TVNZ

TVNZ

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Kristin Scott Thomas stars in this French film about a 40 year old woman living in the south of France - and desperate for a change.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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The combination of the material, a classy cast, sunny locations and passionate sex scenes should make this a very exportable French melodrama especially in territories where it can exploit the welcoming afterglow of Kristin Scott Thomas’s tour de force in I’ve Loved You So Long.

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Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

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A fine antidote to the surfeit of farce in French cinema these days. It is refreshing to know that there is not a Hollywood studio insisting on a life-affirming ending.

3.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Scott Thomas labors worthily but lacks spark in latter-day Chatterley variation.

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Variety

Variety

press

Tightly wound and crafted, with robust performances by Kristin Scott Thomas and recurrent Spanish Don Juan Sergi Lopez, the pic offers a rough, no-frills take on a story as old as France itself. Capitalizing on Agnes Godard's handheld imagery and a soundtrack filled with music from Francois Truffaut's films, Corsini ("La Repetition") turns a rather classic pitch into something more.

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TVNZ

TVNZ

press

Kristin Scott Thomas stars in this French film about a 40 year old woman living in the south of France - and desperate for a change.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

The combination of the material, a classy cast, sunny locations and passionate sex scenes should make this a very exportable French melodrama especially in territories where it can exploit the welcoming afterglow of Kristin Scott Thomas’s tour de force in I’ve Loved You So Long.

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Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

press

A fine antidote to the surfeit of farce in French cinema these days. It is refreshing to know that there is not a Hollywood studio insisting on a life-affirming ending.

3.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Scott Thomas labors worthily but lacks spark in latter-day Chatterley variation.

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