Unfaithful (2002)

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Director Adrian Lyne changed cinema history and popularized a new genre of erotic thriller with his 1987 masterpiece Fatal Attraction. In 2002, Lyne directed another excellent erotic thriller in Unfaithful. Casting Richard Gere and Diane Lane proved to be a perfect match for the sensible, suburban middle aged married couple of Edward & Connie Sumner. Connie heads into SoHo, Manhattan, and is immediately captivated by a French bookseller named Paul Martel, played by Olivier Martinez. They begin a sultry affair with the masterful erotic passion and tension that only director Adrian Lyne can capture. The devil is in the details, as Edward slowly suspects Connie is having an affair and he has her followed. I won't spoil how events unfold, but the second half of Unfaithful contains challenging performances as both Gere and Lane deal with soul crushing guilt as their marriage falls apart. It's another classic erotic thriller from director Adrian Lyne in an adult genre that sadly has almost completely been abandoned.

Unfaithful is a 2002 American thriller drama film directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Chad Lowe, Dominic Chianese and Olivier Martinez. It was adapted by Alvin Sargent and William Broyles Jr. from the French film The Unfaithful Wife (La Femme infidele, 1968) by the noted director Claude Chabrol. It tells about a couple living in suburban New York City whose marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous affair with a stranger she encounters by chance.

Unfaithful grossed $52 million in North America and a total of $119 million worldwide. Despite mixed reviews overall, Lane received much praise for her performance. She won awards for best actress from the National Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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