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Directed by Catherine Breillat • 1999 • France
Starring Caroline Ducey, Sagamore Stévenin, François Berléand
Catherine Breillat explores the limits of pleasure in this boundary-pushing look at one woman’s search for sexual fulfillment. Frustrated by the lack of intimacy in her relationship with her boyfriend (Sagamore Stévenin), schoolteacher Marie (Caroline Ducey) embarks on a series of increasingly kinky, sadomasochistic encounters with several men (including one played by Italian porn star Rocco Siffredi in his mainstream debut) that transform her understanding of herself. Controversial for its explicit depiction of unsimulated sex, ROMANCE finds Breillat daringly subverting the male gaze in order to probe the emotional, psychological, and philosophical dimensions of female erotic desire.
WARNING: Contains explicit content