A poor French teenage girl engages in an illicit affair with a wealthy Chinese heir in 1920s Saigon. For the first time in her young life she has control, and she wields it deftly over her besotted lover throughout a series of clandestine meetings and torrid encounters.
|Release Date||:||February 22, 1992|
|Production Company||:||Renn Productions, films A2, Timothy Burrill Productions, Grai Phang Film Studio|
|Production Countries||:||France, United Kingdom, Viet Nam|
|Writers||:||Gérard Brach, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Marguerite Duras|
|Casts||:||Jane March, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Frédérique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti|
|Plot Keywords||:||male nudity, female nudity, prostitute, sex, based on novel, age difference, opium, shower, lolita, virgin, nudity, arranged marriage, vietnam, underwear, one-sided love, lover, kiss, limousine, wine, fondling, indochina, love, beating, interracial relationship, family relationships, domestic abuse, bully, breast, teenage girl, sexual attraction, loss of virginity, statutory rape, cigarette smoking, crying, chinese, towel, older man younger woman relationship, lust, kissing, voice over narration, desire, car, cult film, face slap, promiscuous woman, sexual awakening, teenage sex, record player, french colony, forbidden romance, 1920s, virginity, defloration, caress, ephebophile, nymphette|
L'Amant is a very beautiful, haunting and sensual film. The characters are perfect and acted in a minimalist way that's refreshing.
I see here that the main objections to this film are: 1 .. Not enough character development 2 .. The film does not have a clear direction to where it's going 3 .. Too slow 4 .. Too much sex (for some people if a film has explicit sex it can't be good)
All these objections are pointless:
1 .. The characters here are ordinary people, not that interesting by themselves. It's the love story that's interesting. Both of them know they have no future and try to pretend it's not love. I am sick of films in which the characters are sure they love each other after 30 minutes of "character development".
2 .. The fact that this film does not follow a clear path it's one of it's qualities. It adds more drama and the characters themselves are confused and don't know where they're going. The whole film plays like a dream of love and to request "clear direction" it's pointless.
3 .. Ahh! The "too slow" argument. There are films in this world that make you think about you, your life and the world that's around you. Surely you need some TIME to reflect on that. Short attention-span is a bad thing :).
4 .. This film is about love. The fact that they are shown having sex makes them real persons, with real bodies not some film characters. Sex is an escape from the world around them and I don't think it's too much, too explicit or some nonsense like that. It's so hard to have a film with sex it it that's not trivial! This is a masterpiece by this fact alone.
The persons who "though up" these arguments took the main strengths of the film and complained about them. This for me it's proof enough that they didn't understand this film or that the film didn't struck a single chord in their soul. Short attention span is the main plague of films now and the lack of it is the reason the french make such great films! Please try to see it again and not in a hurry. It's not light cinema! It's great cinema!