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With cool precision and stunning intimacy, Catherine Breillat's ROMANCE paints a provocative portrait of a young French woman, Marie, and her journey to gain control of her life. Claiming he loves her, but that he has lost his desire for her, Marie's boyfriend, Paul, refuses to engage in sexual relations, catapulting Marie into a desperate search for intimacy and erotic connection. Humiliated by Paul's cruel power play, Marie embarks on an escalating sexual journey that tests her own physical and emotional limits, and which, through an ironic twist-of-fate, eventually leads her to… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Breillat is less interested in the sex acts than their deeper meaning."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"thought-provoking and truthful ..."
‑ Matt Easterbrook, Matt's Movie Reviews
"Porn has never been so sleep-inducing."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The film wavers between being a philosophical treatise on women and one about a woman's passions."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The bottom line is acting out sexual urges and fantasies normally acceptable only in male characters, as the actress philosophizes with an assortment of cocks, determined to 'rape myself,' in a clinical orgy with a roomful of aspiring young gynecologists."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
"Romance is explicit but not titillating"
‑ Chris Grunden, Film Journal International
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