What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie contains a number of elements that may be upsetting to children. The theme of infidelity runs through the movie, and it creates some tense scenes of home life. Connie's seduction is quite overwhelming, and the sex scenes are intense and graphic. There is also one pretty violent scene.
What's the story?
Based on Claude Chabrol's La Femme Infidel, this story of obsession, betrayal, and jealousy centers on happily married Edward (Richard Gere) and Connie (Diane Lane, who seem to have everything until the wife is drawn into an affair. After a chance encounter with Paul (Oliver Martinez), Connie finds she can't stay away from the seductive Frenchman. At home, Edward knows something is wrong. As his wife primps in private and shies away from his advances, his suspicions mount. Finally, after Connie is spotted in a restaurant with Paul, he cannot avoid the truth. A private detective produces all the details, and Edward goes, broken-hearted, to the apartment of his rival.
Is it any good?
Adults may consider Unfaithful a worthwhile portrayal of emotional suspense, told with director Adrian Lyne's characteristic visual flair. But it's not for kids -- it's a shocker. None of the plot elements are novel, but the seduction is handled very smoothly, without a lot of the emotional short-hand that would leave the story hollow. In fact, the strength of this film is its very down to earth emotional perceptiveness.
The movie makes us constantly aware of the currents of affection that run between the characters, yet the best scene in the film is the confrontation. Neither knows exactly what to do, and it's in this strange emotional limbo that a tragic choice is made.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the title. The film is symmetrical -- the wife is unfaithful in the first half, the husband in the second. To whom is the husband unfaithful? What "happens" in their final conversation? What is forgivable?