The Lover (L'amant)
The Lover (L'amant) (1992)

Based on the Marguerite Duras novel, Jean-Jacques Annaud's erotic drama offers an account of a French teen's (Jane March) sexual coming-of-age with an older Chinese businessman (Tony Leung) in 1929 Indochina.

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 11, 2001
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Scratch away the steamy, evocative surface, remove Jeanne Moreau's veteran-voiced narration, and you have only art-film banalities.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Too bad that the film is marred by the vices of international productions, as it deals with issues seldom shown in American movies, such as the power of sexuality.

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Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The only moderately interesting scene here is a traditional Chinese wedding toward the end, which, of course, is cut short.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Annaud and his collaborators have got all of the physical details just right, but there is a failure of the imagination here; we do not sense the presence of real people behind the attractive facades of the two main actors.

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Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Stylish if somewhat tedious study of a young Vietnamese woman who falls under the spell of an older dandy.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Never mind that in portraying passion, the two seem to be demonstrating the proper use of the Salad Shooter.

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Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The worst part of the dialog is given to the writer. She has to say one pedantic line after another, and overall, the narrator's part is just too wordy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
On the whole, <i>L'amant</i> strikes me as aloof and disconnected. It has aspirations of being elevated and artsy but offers no reason for… More
Red Lats
A portrayal of a relationship between a pubescent girl (Jane March is 18 but looks much younger) and an older Chinese guy. Besides the intense sex scenes, one… More
Candy Rose
This movie is set in 1920s Saigon. On a chance encounter on a ferry crossing a rich Chinese man in his 30s meets a French school girl. They start an affair. He… More
Dean McKenna
Average erotic-drama tale of a schoolgirl's affair with a wealthy young Chinaman in 1920's Vietname has obviously been translated word-for-word from a… More
Elvira B
Another great Annaud oeuvre. I love the book and this film was very faithful to Marguerite Duras's wonderful, evocative narration. I was very skeptical… More
Dimitris Springer
Maybe I'm overtly drawn by its sensuality.I confess,it really is so natural and free-spirited like many condemned that movie's emotion.I just… More