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Real Sex in mainstream movies: Romance (1999 film)


Romance DVD.jpg
Romance DVD cover
Directed byCatherine Breillat
Produced byJean-François Lepetit
Written byCatherine Breillat
StarringCaroline Ducey
Rocco Siffredi
François Berléand
Music byRaphaël Tidas
DJ Valentin
CinematographyYorgos Arvanitis
Distributed byTrimark Pictures Inc.
Release date(s)September 17, 1999
Running time99 mins. (93 mins.)(84 mins.)
Romance (Romance X) is a 1999 French art house movie 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,[1] especially one showing Caroline Ducey's coitus with Rocco Siffredi. Romance inspired the trend of some arthouse films featuring explicit, unsimulated sex, such as All About Anna, Shortbus, The Brown Bunny, and 9 Songs.




Plot synopsis

When Marie's boyfriend Paul refuses to have sex with her, she is forced to search for intimacy beyond the bounds of traditional sexual limitations, a journey that proves to be both fulfilling and empowering.

Broadcasting and ratings

In Europe, Romance was shown in mainstream cinemas; in the U.S., 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.[2] It single-handedly paved the way for actual sex to be accommodated in the R18+ classification in Australia.[2] 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.[3][4] 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


  1. ^ 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."
  2. ^ a b "Romance (1999)". Refused-Classification.com. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
  3. ^ Film classification listing for Romance at Alberta Film Ratings
  4. ^ Film classification listing for Romance at Maritime Film Classification Board (Rating is listed at bottom)

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