Unfaithful

Cast
Connie Sumner: Diane Lane
Edward Sumner: Richard Gere
Paul Martel: Olivier Martinez
Charlie Sumner: Erik Per Sullivan
Twentieth Century Fox presents a film directed by Adrian Lyne. Written by Alvin Sargent and William Broyles Jr, based on a script by Claude Chabrol. Running time: 123 minutes. Rated R (for sexuality, partial nudity, language and a scene of violence).

Central Theme
Infidelity, often driven by an irrational, selfish, blinding obsession, usually ends in disaster and always inalterably changes the lives it touches.

Story
Edward and Connie’s marriage of over a decade seems a sound union of two friends who share romance and an eight-year old son. His demanding career has provided an Architectural Digest home and a full and rich life, but has not displaced his affection for the wife he believes is the best part of his everyday. One day a wind blows into their suburban community rocking a boat against the dock, tipping over son Charlie’s bike, swinging the weather vane on it’s axis and then sweeps into NYC where it pushes Connie into an accidental collision with a young French bookseller who could easily pass as a Calvin Klein model. She hesitantly accepts his invitation upstairs to wait out the storm and attend to her scuffed knee. Before leaving he slips her a book, asking her to read a selection, ¢â‚¬Ëœbe happy in this moment, this moment is your life.’

Sensing an unspecified danger in the encounter she heads home but cannot get Paul out of her mind. A few days later she again finds herself in the city and is drawn to phone Paul, leading to yet another unsettling, ambiguous, tempting encounter. Their unspent passion is released in their third meeting and Connie is possessed with an all-consuming obsession. They are launched on an irreversible trajectory that seems blissfully joyful in the moment, but will lead to an undeserved private and eventually public betrayal of her husband and son. She embarks on this increasingly reckless path showing little remorse and placing this illicit affair ahead of what she until then has considered dear.

It is inevitable that Edward will sense the drift of his wife’s affection and after a few noticeable slip ups he hires a Private Investigator to discover the truth. The devastating impact of her infidelity shatters him and leads to a series of actions and reactions with unintended consequences that draw Edward and Connie together while assuring their union will never be the same.

The power of this film is in the clear portrayal of the irrationality of the unfaithful act and it’s irretrievable damage to all parties involved. This is especially poignant in a collage featuring footage of Connie in warm family get-togethers contrasted with her comparatively hollow sexual interludes in Paul’s apartment. The symbolic washing and showering following both Edward and Connie’s wrongdoing, counter the absence of apparent guilt and untruth in Paul’s rationalizing line, ¢â‚¬Ëœthere is no such thing as a mistake there is only what you do and don’t do.’ The totality of her seduction and shifted allegiance is revealed when she learns Edward has taken action against her lover. Edward’s pain is exacerbated by her immediate concern for Paul’s well being instead of realizing the pain she has caused. Finally the two of them must craft a future of the remnants of what is left of their union. This haunting movie gets at the emotional dynamics of unfaithfulness and if properly absorbed could be a warning against the momentary pleasures of sin.

Beliefs num
–Infidelity is irrational and usually involves obsession not love.
–Infidelity blinds you to yourself, your core values and those who should matter most.
–Infidelity requires a complete self-absorption and a devotion to immediate and impulsive pleasure versus a longer term and sustainable joy.
–No one touched by the impact of divorce will ever be the same.
–The apparent invulnerability to guilt is temporary and will certainly be replaced by an overwhelming sense of remorse.
–Rationalization is unsustainable in the light of truth.
–The appeal of infidelity in our culture is superficial while it’s lasting impact and pain is substantial.
–the pleasure of sin is momentary the scars last a lifetime.

Questions Worth Discussing num
–Given the evidence of infidelity’s inadvisability, why are people so vulnerable to it?
–Once betrayal enters a marriage can trust ever be restored?
–Are men or women more vulnerable to unfaithfulness?
–Jesus says of marriage, ¢â‚¬Ëœwhat God has joined together no-one should rip apart.’ Do today’s couples place proper attention to God’s hopes, expectations and involvement in their union?
–How does infidelity affect the children of the relationship? Are they more or less likely to be unfaithful in their relationships?

Provocative Quotes byline
–Come in. I’m not an axe murderer.
==Paul to Connie when they first meet.
–That was my son Charlie he is 8.
==Connie to Paul after calling home
–Be happy in this moment-this moment is your life.
==Connie reads the page Paul suggests
–Something the matter? Nothing. Nothing at all.
==Connie responds to Paul’s initial sense of something amiss.
–Come and see me. Take a break. I’ll make you some coffee.
==Paul to Connie when she phones.
–Do I want to take off something?
==Connie nervously tries to understand what Paul has said in French.
–My mother makes me chicken. The chicken makes me cough. I wish that when she cooked it, she took the feathers off.
==Paul’s ¢â‚¬Ëœcute’ poem.
–Here I am again. I brought muffins.
==The opening line of the first fateful consummated sensual encounter.
–Of course you do. You’re an American.
==Paul responds to Connie’s warning that she leads when dancing.
–Your eyes are amazing. You should never close them.
==Paul to Connie.
–I think this is a mistake.
==Connie when Paul begins his romantic move.
–There is no such thing as a mistake. There is only what you do and don’t do.
==Paul’s response to Connie’s pang of conscience.
–Hit me
==Paul to Connie when she says I don’t know how to do this. This is wrong.
–Connie do you love me?
==Paul after first learning Connie is lying to him about her activities in the city.
–I’m cold.
==Connie refuses Paul’s request to share a bath together.
–We thought you were abducted by that heartthrob.
==Connie friends after seeing Paul at the restaurant.
–One minute and I’d be all over him.
==One of her friends saying what she would do if alone with Paul.
–Having an affair? They always end in disaster. Somebody sees you. Somebody falls in love. It is the one thing in my life I would change if I could.
==The other friend confessing her regrets over a past affair.
–You are the only thing in my mind.
==Connie confesses her obsession to Paul.
–I can’t trust him anymore.
==Edward explains why he has fired a long time employee and friend.
–Don’t be sad Dad will be home tomorrow.
==Charlie consoles Connie who is beginning to recognize what see has done.
–How many are there? Five? Ten? It’s over. I hate you.
==Connie catches Paul with another women, professes her hatred and then has sex in the hallway of the apartment complex.
–How old are you?
==Edward to Paul when they meet.
–We have been married 11 years. We have a son. He’s the reason we left the city.
==Edward to Paul.
–You talk about me?
==Edward’s dismay when Paul tells him he and Connie talk about him.
–I have to end this. I’m tired of lying and hurting my family. I cant do this anymore.
==Connie’s message on Paul’s machine.
–Everybody is OK.
==Connie to Paul who as asked if she’s OK.
–If you sell your house where do you go?
==Paul to cops.
–What happened? What did you do? Did you hurt him? Talk to me. Tell me what you did.
==Connie to Edward obviously most concerned about Paul.
–Tell me what you did! How you f—ed him and f—ed him. He was just a kid. I did everything for this family and for what?
==Edward to Connie.
–It’s OK. It’s an accident. Everybody has accidents. I want you to know I love you more than anything in the world.
==Connie to Charlie.
–Do not open until our 25 the anniversary. To my beautiful wife, the best part of everyday.
==Secret message in snow globe.
–What are we going to do? I’m so scared.
==Connie to Edward
–I’ll turn myself in.
==Edward to Connie.
–No. No one will know.
==Connie to Edward Paul.
–We’ll know.
== Edward to Connie.
–We could disappear. Sell everything. Leave the country. Tell Charlie it’s an adventure. Spend our lives on the beach, And when we die push out to sea.
==Edward and Connie complete each other’s sentences In front of police station.

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