Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Sep 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A British politician begins an affair with his son’s fiancee which leads to much danger to everything in their family life if they are discovered.
My Take on it – This is a film that is known for its very graphic love scenes yet the story itself is terrible.
The way that the characters meet and decide to begin their relationship is very strange and it’s hard to believe that such things are even plausible or realistic.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the novel that this is based on explains things much better, but if so, those parts failed to make the transfer to the screen which takes away from any kind of believability of the plot.
Jeremy Iron and Juliette Binoche has very poor chemistry together and it doesn’t even seem as if their characters are ever truly enjoying themselves when they are together.
The story also doesn’t deal with the issue of secrecy and the element of danger very well and once again, perhaps those ideas are explained much better in the novel, but it isn’t easy to understand many of the decisions made by these characters over and over through the course of the film.
Bottom Line – Terrible film that expects us to quickly believe that such a physical relationship can occur so quickly between two people so very different. The novel this is based on probably helps make things seem a bit more plausible, but that isn’t translated to the screen at all. Irons and Binoche have very poor chemistry together and it doesn’t even seem like their characters are enjoying themselves whenever they get together. The opportunity to try and explain how and why lust may occur or even explain why the characters make certain decisions along the way are also completely missed and baffle the audience even more as to why the events are happening this way over and over again.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Reportedly, Juliette Binoche apparently walked off the set of the film when co-star Jeremy Irons allegedly became too physical during love scenes. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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