A deeply felt and luxuriously filmed fairy tale for grown-ups, The Lovers presents Jeanne Moreau as a restless bourgeois wife whose eye wanders from both her husband and her lover to an attractive passing stranger.
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I love how everyone seems to miss the point (as I see it at least) Jeanne Moreau's Character rebuilding and freeing herself in the nature of Juliette Binoche in Blue and Helen Mirren in The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover she liberates herself from the need of another, the film is not erotic as it seems to keep being read, the end point being a free human being through the means of her romantisised lust.
The first of its kind. Malle did it best, and with Jeanne Moreau. Sexy. Beautiful cinematography. Perfect voice over. This is one I can watch again and again, but I don't. I don't want it to lose it's power over me when I watch it occasionally.
Beautifully shot and fantastically acted. I love how Jeanne always looks down and slightly to the side as she's walking (after the polo match with raoul, in the garden with bernard..), off in her own world but well aware of others following behind; she is the seductress, yet remains quite vulnerable, although clearly not so worried that she leaves her child behind...!
The fact that it looks to something resembling interiority then only betrays how little this woman can know about her desires - she follows on a whim and the film changes with her. From the most classical of drama to bourgeois comedy-of-the-day to intensely evocative love-making, it shifts enough to keep me interested but also at distance.