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65 Ratings

Perfect Love

Parfait amour!

Directed by Catherine Breillat
France, 1996
Drama, Romance


Catherine Breillat’s most commercial and romantic film, but nevertheless a searing exploration of love and hate, love and death. An older, attractive bourgeois woman falls for a younger man with fatal consequences.

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Perfect Love Directed by Catherine Breillat

Critics reviews

Though some may find the woman’s increasingly masochistic reactions to her young lover’s behaviour questionable, the film is psychologically astute; just watch how the boy’s early curiosity about the woman’s greater experience slowly turns to insecurity and a determination to take control. The performances are unsentimental, the tone uncompromising, and if the film ends up too schematic for its own good, there’s no denying its emotional punch or the intelligence of its dark insights.
January 01, 1997
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