Skip to main content

A PORNOGRAPHIC AFFAIR

France / Belgium / Luxembourg / Switzerland, 1999 (MIFF 2000, Towering Over The Eiffel – New French Cinema)

Director: Frédéric Fonteyne

This controversial film depicts a torrid relationship between two lovers who meet through an advertisement in a porn magazine, intent on sharing a fantasy. Featuring interviews with 'her' and 'him', the film shifts from present-day to flashback as it uncovers a love affair that evolves out of a strictly sexual encounter. Discrepancies occur between the two parties' recollections of the fantasy, only adding to the notion that we are witnessing a true story that bares all the imperfections of real life.

This quintessentially French drama is imbued with a remarkable intimacy even given the fiery eroticism of its subject matter. Teasing us with unapologetic intrigue, director Frederic Fonteyne has made a thoughtful and reflective film. Akin to the contentious Romance (MIFF 1999), A Pornographic Affair is fuelled by powerhouse performances—Nathalie Baye won the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival—and confronting subject matter. Not to be missed.

See also...

OF WOMEN AND MAGIC

Claude Miller's Of Women and Magic is a succinct, dryly played, often laugh-out-loud funny movie. Director of last year's frightening but fantastic Class Trip, Miller's latest film scooped the ... More »

NOTHING TO DO

Marion Venroux's highly critically acclaimed new film is a love story with a difference. Nothing to Do recounts the story of Marie and Pierre, two people who work for the same company but are far ... More »

WHAT IS LIFE?

Nicholas, the son of peasant farmers, lives with his parents and grandparents on a farm. Their lives are in turmoil. Nicholas' father, Mare, has had to destroy his entire herd of cattle due to an ... More »

TIME REGAINED

"Marcel Proust's towering classic. The story of an invalid writer facing premature death who retrieves his childhood anxieties and adult frivolities...Time Regained is a tour de force, gorgeous yet ... More »

SKIN OF MAN, HEART OF BEAST

Winner of the Best Film and Best Actor awards at the Locarno Film Festival, Skin of Man, Heart of Beast is a powerful drama set in provincial France. Hélène Angel's debut film delves into the heart ... More »

HUMAN RESOURCES

Human Resources is an award-winning debut feature from Laurent Cantet which mixes politics and pathos to create a cogent human drama. Franck is a recent business school graduate who returns to his ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director