Adrian Lyne directs Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez and Richard Gere in this erotic thriller where a happy housewife starts an affair with a mysterious French book dealer.
In the opening sequence, Lane is buffeted by a gale on a New York back street. The wind exposes her legs, tightens her immaculate clothing to her body. It is like Lyne is a naughty giant blowing her garments astray to give us a teasing show. The star looks classy and resplendent throughout, constantly generating heat. Lyne doesn’t even bother to gift us any notable nudity until at least an hour in, long past the first few trysts. Then the movie goes off the rails with a murder. Neither male lead matches Lane’s appeal, Martinez especially is just a pretty face. The dour final act has minimal grip and little opportunity for Lane to wear and then not wear a stunning outfit. Lacklustre after a promising start.
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