After Sex
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A middle-aged woman temporarily abandons her role as wife and mother to embark upon a mad love affair with a man 20 years her junior. Up until the time she meets handsome young Emilio, Diane Clovier had a relatively happy life with her husband, kids and career. Emilio, with his amoral charm, is the antithesis of her life and Diane throws herself into a heated frenzy of lovemaking and romance with him. She shows little regard for the destruction she causes within her family. Her husband Phillipe, a lawyer, finds out about the affair, but does nothing to stop it in the hope that she will come to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Narcissistic, skin-deep, cautionary tale about the dangers of middle-aged married women having flings with young men."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"By the end of the film, we have come to admire Rouan's courage as a performer and a filmmaker, in following Diane's mania as far as it will go."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film is dominated by the raw intensity of Rouan's performance."
‑ Ed Scheid, Boxoffice Magazine
"There's never a sense that anything's at stake for Diane; there don't seem to be any dire consequences of her actions."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Examiner
"Wonderful at bringing out an adage repeated by Diane: 'When you're twenty and love goes wrong, you cry because you think you'll never love anyone again. After 40, you cry because it's far more likely that you never will again.'"
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"A hauntingly honest and provocative look at what an all-consuming love can in fact consume."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Weak, superficial, and unconvincing, it turns what could have been a searing experience into a trite, overwrought melodrama."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The French may imbue romantic and sexual turmoil with a bit too much sturm and drang, but at least they examine intimate emotions that Americans nervously avoid."
‑ Stephen Farber, Movieline
"In the end, pursuit of shallow torrid sex can't fully explain her sketchy motivation for discarding her perfect life, but the tragic overtones are palpable throughout."
‑ , E! Online
"As a director, Rouan benefits from some terrific performances, not the least of which is her own."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Rouan's writing, as far as can be judged from subtitles, is pointed and vital. Her performance is superb."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"This raw, compelling drama of amour fou is an emotional tour de force for RoŘan."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"an unusual film about human sexual relations - both because it's told completely from the woman's perspective and because it shows graphically but always tastefully the heat of passion."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Rouan succeeds in showing both the dark and light sides of passion."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
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