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An Affair Of Love
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted January 29, 2001 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

"An Affair Of Love" is a fascinating, small movie that feels intimate and real. The movie's short 78 minute running time tells the story and the details needed without rambling like some American romances do. The film's plot is simple, but well-handled. We meet a woman who is approaching her middle-age and has always had fantasies that she would like to fufill. She places an ad in a local paper and meets a man at the local coffee shop. They talk, begin to slowly find out a little more about each other - wondering further about who each other really is.

They go to a local hotel and...well, we are not told what goes on, but we're told how it went. The door closes, and the two decide to meet again the next week. But, to start at the begining, the movie features an interviewer talking to each of them about the relationship that they had; we gradually find out more and more from there.

Although the film's original French title was "A Pornographic Affair", the movie does not feature any graphic images; those looking for that won't find what they're looking for. The movie focuses more on the two people; seemingly very normal people who, like a flower, begin to bloom in the presence of one another. French actors Nathalie Baye and Sergi Lopez expertly portray this throughout the movie, as the two have great chemistry with one another, and even have great subtle gestures to convey their feelings.

I won't give away further details about "An Affair Of Love", but I will say that I was suprised at how much I enjoyed this French film; a very intelligent and well-acted movie about love and fantasy.


The DVD

VIDEO: New Line retains it's title as the one studio who seems to be able to do no wrong when it comes to image quality. "An Affair Of Love" is presented in the film's original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, and it is anamorphic - and, it looks fantastic throughout. The only thing that some may have a problem with is that the film's subtitles are not optional, but permanently burned into the movie. Otherwise, sharpness and detail are both consistent and excellent, and some shots have a nice depth to them.

What also suprised me was the almost complete lack of the usual suspects when it comes to flaws. I didn't notice any pixelation or shimmering, and print flaws are limited to a couple (literally) of slight speckles. This made for a very pleasing viewing experience with nothing to get in the way of the enjoyable cinematography.

Colors are varied throughout the movie; some of the more general scenes have a rather sharp, crisp coolness about them. Other interior scenes though, are bolder - using colors like deep reds that wash over the scene. Colors don't display flaws throughout, though. Neither does New Line's beautiful effort for this movie - the few speckles that do appear hardly take away from an otherwise gorgeous looking film. There is also a pan&scan version available in the menu.

SOUND: The film is presented in French Dolby Digital 5.1. The film is almost completely dialogue-driven, although the modern score does sound rich and full when it does make an appearance in the movie. There is some surround use here and there throughout the film, but it's rather light and remains unagressive. I think that, for the material, the film sounds fine and the audio certainly gets the task done.

MENUS:: Menus are non-animated, with very basic images serving as backgrounds.

EXTRAS: The film's American trailer, which I think doesn't really capture the tone of the movie well (Dolby Digital 5.1) and cast/crew bios.

Final Thoughts

Positive: New Line's done their usual fine job with the audio/video quality; the image quality in particular is often wonderful. The movie itself is also an intelligent and well-acted story about love.

Negative: Some may not be pleased with the fact that the subtitles are not optional. There also isn't really anything in the way of extras besides the trailer and cast/crew bios. Still, I think that adults will find this "affair" one worth looking into.

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