Romance (1999)

Although deeply in love with her boyfriend - and indeed sleeping in the same bed with him - a schoolteacher cannot handle the almost complete lack of intimacy he will allow. Increasingly frustrated, she gradually finds her sexual appetites… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 17, 1999
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2000
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Romance is a slim look into a woman's sexual psyche, with sex scenes that slightly excite while exploring human emotions.

Michael Dequina

Breillat is less interested in the sex acts than their deeper meaning.

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Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews

thought-provoking and truthful ...

Cole Smithey

Porn has never been so sleep-inducing.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The film wavers between being a philosophical treatise on women and one about a woman's passions.

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

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.

Chris Grunden
Film Journal International

Romance is explicit but not titillating

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Veronique Kwak
if you wish to preserve any of those idealistic notions about womankind (about yourself, if you were woman), stay away from any picture made by catherine… More
Dean McKenna
Crazy and weird of a young French female schoolteacher who tests her sexuality by submitting herself to various transgressive sexual encounters. Ugly and… More
Randy Tippy
Usually I am completely taken in by films with naked women and lots of sex, but with Catherine Breillat's <i>Romance</i> - not so much. The… More
Ed Fucking Harris
Don't let the title fool you. If anything this is anti anything the word Romance might imply. A really clever, dark psycholgical erotic drama that is at… More
Steve K
Now THIS is how you make an art film about sex.
Chad Roesti
This movie is an indepent film (European) about some psycho chick who sleeps with everybody. Chick jumps on every jock that walks by but REALLY loves her… More