Saigon, Mon Amour

TITLE: THE LOVER

DIRECTOR: JEAN-JACQUES ANNAUD

WRITERS: GERARD BRACH AND JEAN-JACQUES ANNAUD

THE BOTTOM LINE: In this humid version of Marguerite Duras's memoir, the most dangerous part of sex is love.

OUTSIDE, ON THE STREETS, THE Saigon of the 1920s bustles. Inside, a 15-year- old French girl and a Chinese man begin a bedroom pas de deux. Her back arches as prettily as the chords in the lush background music. His buttocks tense as his passion surges. He kisses her; she permits it. He murmurs, "I love you." She claims to feel . . . nothing.

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