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Nathalie

Year: 2003
Director: Anne Fontaine
Cast: Fanny Ardant, Emanuelle Beart, Gerard Depardieu
Just what is it about the French? Are they really so liberated that a husband admits he's been having affairs and the wife hardly bats an eyelid, her elegantly perfect facial features creasing into a slight frown before regaining her composure, apparently understanding why he's done it and making friends with the stripper he's been seeing so she can talk about their sexual exploits?

A well done and very French premise with good acting by Ardant and the very spunky Beart (Claire from the original Mission Impossible), but it was so unrealistic I couldn't believe in any of it. Either that, or adultery really is a way of life in France. If it was set in most western countries it would have been five minutes long up until the husband confesses his affairs and the wife buries a butcher knife through his neck.

There's a twist, and it's a good one, but it's just so hard to get over her reaction to his infidelity.

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