After Sex
After Sex (1997)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 27, 1997
DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Narcissistic, skin-deep, cautionary tale about the dangers of middle-aged married women having flings with young men.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Ed Scheid
Boxoffice Magazine

The film is dominated by the raw intensity of Rouan's performance.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A hauntingly honest and provocative look at what an all-consuming love can in fact consume.

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James Berardinelli

Weak, superficial, and unconvincing, it turns what could have been a searing experience into a trite, overwrought melodrama.

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Stephen Farber

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.

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Rouan's writing, as far as can be judged from subtitles, is pointed and vital. Her performance is superb.

Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

This raw, compelling drama of amour fou is an emotional tour de force for RoŘan.

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E! Online

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.

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