Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
Original title: L’Amant
France/United Kingdom/Vietnam, 1992. Films A2, Grai Phang Film Studio, Renn Productions, Timothy Burrill Productions. Screenplay by Gerard Brach, Jean-Jacques Annaud, based on the novel by Marguerite Duras. Cinematography by Robert Fraisse. Produced by Claude Berri. Music by Gabriel Yared. Production Design by Hoang Thanh At. Costume Design by Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle. Film Editing by Noelle Boisson.
Forty years after Hiroshima, Mon Amour, another Marguerite Duras classic is brought to the big screen, this time with much controversy (lead star Jane March was underage at the time that she filmed her erotic love scenes) and very little result (it’s about as interesting as watching paint dry). March, who can’t act her way out of a paper bag, plays a young French schoolgirl living in China who strikes up a highly charged, totally physical liaison with an older Asian businessman (Tony Leung). All I can say about their relationship is that she can fake it with the best of them and he’s got a great ass. Robert Fraisse’s photography of the mystical far east of yesteryear is stunning, but Jean-Jacques Annaud’s direction plods through the unimaginative screenplay with very little energy.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Cinematography