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Unfaithful
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Oct 8, 2004 By: The Arrow
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Director:
Adrian Lyne

Actors:
Diane Lane
Richard Gere
Olivier Martinez

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Hot woman (Lane) meets young French stud with facial stubble (Martinez), fornicates with him relentlessly, and therein, cheats on her husband (Gere) and lies to her child. The psychological and tragic consequences of her actions ensues.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Adrian Lyne has tackled steamy sex (NINE AND A HALF WEEKS), adultery (FATAL ATTRACTION) and female derrieres (FLASHDANCE) in his previous films, but in my opinion, this has got to be his most mature picture to date regarding those themes. Based on the French film "LA FEMME INFIDELE" (1969), Unfaithful is a gripping character study that refreshingly covers adultery, and most of its emotional layers, from a female perspective. What really hooked me was that Diane Lanes character is actually a happily married woman, but still cheats on her man. I found it fascinating to try to grasp the psychological and primal motivations for her actions. Oh, why do we human beings have to be so complicated, horny and impulsive?

Visually, Lyne paints a grim yet beautiful picture while dipping it in the occasional symbolism. Lynes eye is more restrained than usual as he addresses his subject matter in an honest manner. Acting wise, props go out to Diane Lane, who carries the movie and gives her best performance to date. Is that Oscar knocking? I think so. Richard Gere also delivers, playing against type (finally!) and reminding us that yes, he still knows how to act when Winona Ryder isnt around to drag his performance into the gutter. Now, even though the flick does eventually take a mainstream turn, it handles the twist with its two feet firmly planted in reality and does eventually end in a very unorthodox way (I loved the ending). So if youre looking for commercial fluff...look elsewhere, but if you're in the mood for a more adult and thought-provoking type of picture that still retains the sexiness (and nudity) of Lynes previous filmsthis one's for you.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Adrian Lyne (feature length): Adrian speaks about his personal fondness of relationship movies, as well as the differences between the original French film on which this flick is based and his remake. He also speaks fondly of his actors and addresses many factors in regards to the overall development of the production. The commentary does sport some dead time but I still found it to be very interesting.

Scene-specific audio commentary: Both Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez come in (separately) to talk about specific scenes in the film. Diane Lane is the more vocal of the two giving lots of insight as to how she tackled the part, her roles many psychological states and how her past working relationship with Richard Gere helped their rapport in the film. Martinez also comments on his characters state of mind during specific sequences. Cool feature, mostly due to Lanes substantial input.

11 Deleted Scenes (16 minutes): Here, we have the option of listening to a blah intro by Adrian Lyne (audio only) to then watch the cut scenes with optional commentary by the Lyne-man himself. The scenes themselves reminded me of how important editing is in the movie-making process since many of them basically communicate a message that's already been covered in the film, and would just have made the picture redundant. Adrian, of course, lets us know why they got snipped out via the commentary. Decent.

An Affair to Remember: On the Set of Unfaithful (15 minutes): This feature offers a meld of on-set footage, scenes from the film and interviews with Adrian Lyne, Richard Gere, Diane Lane and Oliver Martinez who come in to comment on the film, their relation to the subject matter, the casting and more! This is an informative and entertaining feature and pretty much my favorite on the disk.

Anne Coates on Editing (8 minutes): Renowned editor Anne Coates comes in to give us insight on the editing process.

A Conversation With (17 minutes total): We get three well edited separate interviews with Richard Gere who talks a lot about the themes of the film, Diane Lane who talks about her family and how she got into acting and Oliver Martinez shares much about his personal background. This feature is informative; I can listen to Gere and Lane talk for days.

Charlie Rose Interview (18 minutes): Lots of info found in the other features is repeated here, but theres still enough new stuff brought to the table to warrant watching it and the chemistry between all involved is endearing. A good watch!

We also get Directors Script Notes, Theatrical trailer and Trailers for Daredevil and Dancer Upstairs.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Yes, kids...chicks cheat too, theyre just better at it than we are. Witnessing adultery from a female point of view totally engaged me. The film peers into human nature in all of its complexity and addresses the impact of one selfish act on everybody it affects. The acting is all about high caliber performances and much like in Lynes previous work, the universal issues brought up here made me ask the question what if it happened to me, what would I do?. That made for an extremely involving viewing. The DVD itself is packed as you can see and even though it kind of repeats itself in terms of the info, it's still satisfying, especially if you enjoyed the movie. Id like to thank this flick for re-integrating one thing for me: you never know and should never trust anybody fully, even when you think the person has gained your trust, they can still back stab you in the back. Wowrelationships suck!
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