Romance (1999 film)

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Romance
Romance DVD.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Catherine Breillat
Produced by Jean-François Lepetit
Written by Catherine Breillat
Starring Caroline Ducey
Sagamore Stévenin
François Berléand
Rocco Siffredi
Music by Raphaël Tidas
DJ Valentin
Cinematography Yorgos Arvanitis
Edited by Agnès Guillemot
Distributed by Rézo Films (France)
Trimark Pictures (US)
Release date(s)
  • 17 April 1999 (1999-04-17) (France)
  • 8 October 1999 (1999-10-08) (US)
Running time 99 minutes[1]
Country France
Language French
Box office $1,314,053[2]

Romance (Romance X) is a 1999 French art house drama film written and directed by Catherine Breillat. It stars Caroline Ducey, pornographic actor Rocco Siffredi, Sagamore Stévenin and François Berléand. The film features explicit copulation scenes,[3] especially one showing Caroline Ducey's coitus with Rocco Siffredi. Romance is one of several arthouse films featuring explicit, unsimulated sex, such as The Brown Bunny (2003), 9 Songs (2204), All About Anna (2005), and Shortbus (2006).

Plot[edit]

A young woman, Marie lives with her boyfriend Paul who refuses to have sex with her. She searches for intimacy beyond the bounds of traditional sexual limitations, a journey that proves to be both fulfilling and empowering. She has a sexual relationship with Paolo who she meets in a bar. Her frustration also drives her to a series of relationships, until she engages in sadomasochism with an older man.

Cast[edit]

Broadcasting and ratings[edit]

In Europe, Romance was shown in mainstream cinemas; in the United States, it was reduced to a mainstream-acceptable R rating, and the European original version is un-rated. In March 2004, the original version was broadcast, late-night on German public television. In Australia, the original version of Romance was broadcast uncut on the cable television network World Movies.[citation needed] The film was initially refused classification in Australia, before it was awarded an R18+ on appeal.[4] It single-handedly paved the way for actual sex to be accommodated in the R18+ classification in Australia.[4]

In Canada, particularly in Alberta and the Maritimes, the sexuality was seen as gratuitous to the film and it was given an A rating and XXX rating in those regions.[5][6] In June 2008, in the Netherlands, the original version of Romance was broadcast on Dutch public TV, by VPRO, as one of a series of Erotica art house cinema.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ROMANCE (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 19 July 1999. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Romance at Box Office Mojo Retrieved 19 July 2013
  3. ^ Anne Gillain, "Profile of a Filmmaker: Catherine Breillat" Beyond French Feminisms: debates on women, Politics and Culture in France, 1981 – 2001, edited by Roger Célestin et al. New York: Macmillan (2003): 202. Catherine Breillat's "film Romance had received much praise—and criticism—the previous year for using a porn-film actor and a scene showing a nonsimulated sexual act, including a shot of an erection in the foreground."
  4. ^ a b "Romance (1999)". Refused-Classification.com. Retrieved December 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ Film classification listing for Romance at Alberta Film Ratings
  6. ^ Film classification listing for Romance at Maritime Film Classification Board (Rating is listed at bottom)

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