Marguerite Duras’ novel The Lover tells the story of a passionate, secret sexual adventure between a young French girl and an older Chinese man in Indochina in the 1920s. She says it is autobiographical, but I suspect it is the autobiography of her imagination, not of her real life. The elements in the story are the basic stuff of common erotic fantasies: Sex between strangers separated by age, race and social convention, and conducted as a physical exercise without much personal communication.

Perhaps these adventures really took place, in one form or another. It hardly matters. Jean-Jacques Annaud’s film treats them in much the same spirit as “Emmanuelle” or the Playboy and Penthouse erotic videos, in which beautiful actors and elegant photography provide a soft-core sensuality. As an entry in that genre, “The Lover” is more than capable, and the movie is likely to have a long life on video as the sort of sexy entertainment that arouses but does not embarrass.

Annaud and his collaborators have got all of the physical details just right, but there is a failure of the imagination here; we do not sense the presence of real people behind the attractive facades of the two main actors.

They are Jane March, as a French teenager living in a provincial area of Indochina and sent to Saigon to attend boarding school, and Tony Leung, as a rich Chinese aristocrat in his 30s. They are attracted to each other in the first place by the kind of unconditional erotic magnetism that the French call a thunderbolt; they look, they see, they lust. Soon they are meeting regularly in an anonymous room in a Chinese district of the city, where their sexual encounters can only be described as inventive and thorough.

Life goes on outside the walls of this cocoon. The girl hates her life – hates the bloody-mindedness of her teachers and fellow students, and the descent of her dysfunctional family into depravity. Of the man we learn less; he comes from a proud old family, and his bride will be selected for him according to the ancient ways. The secret love affair is of course forbidden by the mores of the time; both races hold strong feelings against interracial romance. But the movie treats those attitudes less with indignation than with relief; because society prevents these two lovers from being seen together in public, the movie doesn’t have to deal with their roles in society. Like classic pornography, it can isolate them in a room, in a bed: They are bodies that have come together for our reveries.

I wanted to know more. I believe true eroticism resides in the mind; what happens between bodies is more or less the same, but what it means to the occupants of those bodies is another question.

What do these two people really think about one another? Do they love in the romantic sense? Is each escaping from the idea of a more personal relationship? Is this a purely sexual arrangement? At the end, as the girl leaves Saigon and her ship passes the dock, she sees the man get out of his limousine and look at her departing ship.

Years later, he visits Paris, without result. What did they lose? What would have been possible between them, in another world – or even in this one? The film does not seem to know.

Other names: The Lover, El amante, Коханець, Sevgili, Älskaren, Любовник, Amantul, O Amante, Kochanek, El amante, Elskeren, El amante, Yeon-in, L’amante, A szerető, O erastis, Rakastaja, El amante, Elskeren, Der Liebhaber, O Amante, Любовникът, El amante

In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Writers: Marguerite Duras (based on the novel), Gérard Brach (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
Stars: Jane March, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Frédérique Meininger

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Iver Jacobsen October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Great film, haven't seen this in years.

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Anhtu Le October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Mot moi tinh rat dang chan trong.mot tinh yeu manh liet.love you

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gao yuan October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

I want to find a French girl to fall in love.😳

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Thị kim duyên Phạm October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

A burning love, pure and intense. Although we can't be together, our hearts will forever be together. I need such a love ❤

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Mónica Peralta October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Man se me parte el corazón cuando el hermano menor esta tocando el piano):

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Mónica Peralta October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

20:15 wey me meo de la risa jajsjajsjsjajsjsjs

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Mónica Peralta October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Marik no entiendo ni una wea pero sigo aquí guiándome nomas con las imágenes xdd

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Nhung Lê October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Mình khóc rất nhiều khi xem phim này, nếu là mình,mình sẽ bảo vệ tình yêu này hết sức có thể

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Trang Tarot October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Real love story between Chinese business man, borned and lived in Vietnam and a French woman. The woman wrote about this love story when she was back to France. The scene was in Vietnam.

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Cường quá tuyệt October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

🤔🤔🤔😓😒😢😭Cuộc tình họ đẹp quá …. nhưng tại sao….🤔🤔😓😓😓😓

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Tôi Yêu V.N October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Cắt het khúc hay lay cc j koi

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M N JISUN October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

One of the best romantic movie. It would be best, if it finished on 1:26:45. After that, it is predictable or something like spoiler or just unnecessary things. I will love to watch it again with you, my Hazel.

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natalia velez October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Wtf? Le Cortaron Todo Lo Bueno :/

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Andy Werner October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

I really didn't like the mean brother. I wanted to punch him out

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Su My October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Quá xuất sắc

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Sofia TV October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

i cry

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Louise Melanson October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

This version was cut. I saw the uncut version. Much, much better.

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heartwarmingofficial October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Does anyone know if that is his actual voice? From my understanding, Tony (the actor) doesn't speak English, so I'm just curious how they filmed this

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Khoa Pham October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Rất hay . Chuyện tình đẹp nhưng thật buồn

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H.A.R. P.E.R October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Despite the neat resolution on this one. This is not the full movie, some clips containing the very intimate sex scenes were edited off.

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Loren Castro October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Donde podría verla en Español alguien sabe??

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Forte Salto October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

unsubcribed! u uncut the movie, moron!

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shonagonx October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

I calle here for Tony Leung

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Stella Raine October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

The way this is filmed is so beautiful, but the voices are throwing me off?? Is it a voice over???

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Luz Salcedo October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Donde puedo encontrar la película en español o traducida ????

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Philia Philis October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

they cut all hot scenes!!!!!! unbelieveble!!!!! I cried a river 😭

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Got7 Jackson October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

I literally came back just to rewatch this movie. Its been ages but i still cant get over it

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Got7 Jackson October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Wth why are thee so many new viewers from a month ago?

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Magda Macedo October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

The Chinese businessman is much more polite and well-educated than her entire family. Poor girl…

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Pankaj Shinde October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

That ending was so sad. feelings of real love!

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xem TV October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

hello viet nam

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THÍCH TUNG TĂNG October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

bộ fim ám ảnh cuộc đời tôi.

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zeta orionis October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

I blame Lana del Rey for liking these types of movies 😭

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Ameny Beldy October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Reminds me of the movie "lolita"

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Maleni Zambrano October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

No hay sub español porfa 🙂

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Huffle Puff October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

I cried at the end…😭😭

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Siwapron Kertprateep October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Only one word to describe I'm SAD !!!!!!!!! For this film …

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Rizza Herradura October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

I thought it was lust,but a passionate love. He was too old for her,she was too young for him. When east meet west. It will make you shed your tears.

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ruanhwang fang October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

great movie

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K R October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Ya no this ain’t it. She’s looks like a child. He’s like 30.

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Tram Bich October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Phim bị cắt rất nhiều

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Kid Mom October 29, 2019 at 12:51 am

Mình xem phim này và mình khóc rất nhiều, lúc cuối mà Em ấy lên tàu,ánh mắt nhìn lại bến tàu để tìm kiếm người đàn ông mà Em ấy yêu,,… tôi thật sự đau lòng khi họ yêu nhau mà không đến được với nhau !!!

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