Directed By: Adrian Lyne Starring: Diane Lane Richard Gere

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Gripping, well acted

by solmax@mac.com on 3/26/2007

The husband (Richard Gere) and wife (Diane Lane) have a seemingly ideal marriage - and a wonderful little son. The wife, presumably out of boredom, starts an affair with a book seller in New York City. The drama describes how the situation deteriorates, and the movie ends with an ambiguous conclusion. Do the couple forget the past and try to resume a normal existence, or do they attempt to accept the consequences of their actions? The plot is gripping, shocking, and very well acted.

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From the director of Fatal Attraction comes this scorching "seductive tease of a thriller" (Rolling Stone) about sexual passion so intense, it consume everything -- and everyone -- that crosses its path.

Edward and Connie Sumner (Richard Gere, Diane Lane) seem to have the perfect marriage. But when Connie's chance encounter with a handsome stranger (Oliver Martinez) erupts into a full-blown affair, desire becomes obsession, and the true price of betrayal takes a shattering toll. Pulsing with heart-pounding suspense and erotic thrills, Unfaithful is "sensational!" (Entertainment Weekly)


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40175024
UPC 024543058946
UPC 14 00024543058946
Format DVD
Release Date 4/10/2007
Rating Rating
New York City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Connie Sumner (Diane Lane) travels to New York City from the suburban home she shares with her husband Edward (Richard Gere) and young son Charlie (Erik Per Sullivan). It is a very windy day and, caught by a particularly savage gust, Connie falls and bumps into bookseller Paul Martel (Olivier Martinez) in the process. She scrapes her knees, and Paul invites her into his apartment. She stays only briefly, leaving after attending to her knees. She passes the accident off as trivial to Edward. But, she is drawn to the younger man and soon returns to his apartment with eventually disastrous results.^UNFAITHFUL is based on Claude Chabrol's classic LA FEMME INFIDELE (1969). The drama has been shifted from Paris to New York City by scriptwriters Alvin Sargent and William Broyles Jr. Beautifully lit by director of photography Peter Biziou, UNFAITHFUL is staged with rare subtlety by director Adrian Lyne. Diane Lane gives an extraordinarily fine performance, viscerally conveying how torn Connie is between her attraction for Paul and her love for Edward and Charlie. There is excellent support from Gere, Martinez, Sullivan and Zeljko Ivanek. UNFAITHFUL is the rare case of a remake that measures up to, and maybe even surpasses, the original.
Los Angeles Times "...Slick, sleek...Erotic....Lane's finely emotional presentation is the film's convincer..." 05/08/2002 p.C1
USA Today "...[Lane] reaches a new career plateau..." 05/08/2002 p.6D,"...Filmed both sensually and thoughtfully, thanks in part to a performance by Diane Lane that gracefully turns from forcefully sensual to weary..." 05/10/2002 p.12D
New York Times "...UNFAITHFUL has a taut, economical screenplay..." 05/08/2002 p.E1
Rolling Stone "...Lane is a force of nature. Her slow-burning, fiercely erotic performance charges the movie..." 06/06/2002 p.84
Variety "...Lane serves up a compulsively watchable performance....[Martinez] is smoothly convincing..." 05/06/2002 p.41-6
Entertainment Weekly "...Sensational sex-and-its-consequences melodrama....Lane, in the most urgent performance of her career, is a revelation..." 05/17/2002 p.50
Wall Street Journal "The film is Ms. Lane's from start to finish; she gives a sensationally fine performance." 10/23/2009
Adrian Lyne
Diane Lane
Richard Gere
Cast & Crew
Chad Lowe - Actor
Diane Lane - Actor
Erik Per Sullivan - Actor
Margaret Colin - Actor
Olivier Martinez - Actor
Kate Burton - Actor
Richard Gere - Actor
Adrian Lyne - Director
Peter Biziou - Director of Photography
Anne V. Coates - Editor
Arnon Milchan - Executive Producer
Pierre-Richard Muller - Executive Producer
Lawrence Steven Myers - Executive Producer
Jan A.P. Kaczmarek - Musical Score
Adrian Lyne - Producer
G. Mac Brown - Producer
Brian Morris - Production Designer
Alvin Sargent - Screenplay
William Broyles, Jr. - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 2257747
UPC 00024543058946
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 124 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Oscar (2003) Diane Lane, Nominated, Best Actress in a Leading Role,Diane Lane, Nominee, Best Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2003) Diane Lane, Nominated, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama,Diane Lane, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild (2003) Diane Lane, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
ReviewSource Entertainment Today
Review ...a true study, a film with a questioning heart and mind that isn't afraid to admit it doesn't have all the answers.
Reviewer Brent Simon
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The heart has its reasons, said the French philosopher Pascal, quoted by the American philosopher Woody Allen. It is a useful insight when no other reasons seem apparent. Connie Sumner's heart and other organs have their reasons for straying outside a happy marriage in "Unfaithful,'' but the movie doesn't say what they are. This is not necessarily a bad thing, sparing us tortured Freudian explanations and labored plot points. It is almost always more interesting to observe behavior than to listen to reasons...Connie (Diane Lane) and her husband, Edward (Richard Gere), live with their 9-year-old son, Charlie (Erik Per Sullivan), in one of those Westchester County houses that has a room for every mood. They are happy together, or at least the movie supplies us with no reasons why they are unhappy...The movie was directed by Adrian Lyne, best known for higher-voltage films like "Fatal Attraction" and "Indecent Proposal.'' This film is based on "La Femme Infidele" (1969) by Claude Chabrol, which itself is an update of Madame Bovary. Lyne's film is juicier and more passionate than Chabrol's, but both share the fairly daring idea of showing a plot that is entirely about illicit passion and its consequences in a happy marriage. Although cops turn up from time to time in "Unfaithful," this is not a crime story, but a marital tragedy. Richard Gere and Diane Lane are well-suited to the roles, exuding a kind of serene materialism that seems happily settled in suburbia. It is all the more shocking when Lane revisits Martel's apartment because there is no suggestion that she is unhappy with Gere, starved for sex, or especially impulsive. She goes back up there because--well, because she wants to. He's quite a guy. On one visit he shows her The Joy of Cooking in Braille. And then his fingers brush hers as if he's reading The Joy of Sex on her skin.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Adrian Lyne must have a fascination for examining the ins and outs of marital infidelity. Unfaithful, Lyne's first outing since the controversial Lolita, follows in the distant wake of Fatal Attraction and Indecent Proposal. In some ways, Unfaithful (based on Calude Chabrol's superior La Femme Infidele, which was a re-telling of "Madame Bovary") is the least complicated of the three, but the moral is the same: extra-marital sex, regardless of the underlying reasons, is a bad idea. As one character in this movie suggests, it may all start as fun and games, but, once it moves past a one-night stand, it will inevitably end badly for one or both parties...The first two-thirds of Unfaithful are an interesting, if at times overwrought, look at how a seemingly happily-married woman can fall into an affair, and how she copes with leading a double life. She loves her son and husband, but craves the other man. For a while, the clandestine nature of this relationship is blissful, but there comes a time when complications begin to surface - she becomes careless, forgets to pick up her son after school, and tells lies that are easily disproved. Her husband becomes suspicious. That's when Unfaithful takes an unfortunate turn down a blind alley that leads to lurid melodrama...I would almost be willing to recommend Unfaithful as a guilty pleasure if not for the final forty minutes. I hate it when screenplays take the easy way out, and that's what happens here. After the plot's big turning point, the movie loses its focus and can't decide whether it wants to be a melodrama or a crime thriller. The ending is ambiguous in all the wrong ways, and comes across as a cheat more than anything else. (I had a feeling, based on the way the closing scene was edited, that something was coming that didn't happen - it may have ended up on the cutting room floor.) The good points about Unfaithful can't overcome the movie's eventual downward spiral.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Gere,Richard
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Stephen Holden, The New York imes Ms.Lane has the role of her career...
Jason Best, BBCi Lane...is tremendous...always honest, truthful and utterly convincing.
People Magazine A steamy thriller!
Rex Reed, New York Observer ...the performance by Diane Lane [is] nothing short of miraculous.
Jason Best, BBC ...[Lane] is tremendous...always honest, truthful and utterly convincing.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal Meticulously crafted and beautifully performed.
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune All the accolades Lyne got for "Fatal Attraction" -- and didn't really merit -- he deserves here.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Lane is a force of nature. Her slow-burning, fiercely erotic performance charges the movie.

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