The Lover

The Lover (1992)

She gave her innocence, her passion, her body. The one thing she couldn't give was her love.

  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Release Date: 1992-01-22
  • User Rating: 7.0/10 from 640 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 55min
  • Language: 普通话
  • Production Company: Timothy Burrill Productions
  • Production Country: France, United Kingdom, Vietnam
  • Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
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A poor French teenage girl engages in an illicit affair with a wealthy Chinese heir in 1920s Saigon. For the first time in her young life she has control, and she wields it deftly over her besotted lover throughout a series of clandestine meetings and torrid encounters.

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  • Jane March

    as The Young Girl
  • Tony Leung Ka-fai

    as The Chinaman
  • Frédérique Meininger

    as The Mother
  • Arnaud Giovaninetti

    as The Elder Brother
  • Melvil Poupaud

    as The Younger Brother
  • Lisa Faulkner

    as Helene Lagonelle
  • Jeanne Moreau

    as Narrator
  • Xiem Mang

    as The Chinaman's Father
  • Philippe Le Dem

    as The French Teacher
  • Ann Schaufuss

    as Anne-Marie Stretter
  • Tania Torrens

    as The Principal
  • Espérance Pham Thai Lan

    as Femme
  • Hélène Patarot

    as The Assistant Mistress
  • Yvonne Wingerter

    as The Writer (beginning)
  • Raymonde Heudeline

    as The Writer (end)
  • Quach Van An

    as The Driver
  • Do Minh Vien

    as The Young Boy
  • Frédéric Auburtin

    as Liner Pianist
  • Alido H. Gaudencio

    as Anne-Marie Stretters Driver
  • Vu Dinh Thi

    as Ferry Captain
  • Truong Thu

    as Bus Driver
  • Thi Cam Thuy Nguyen

    as Bride
  • Lu Van Trang

    as Bus Controller
  • Vu Kim Trong

    as Young Girls Coolie
Writing Gérard Brach Screenplay
Directing Jean-Jacques Annaud Director
Writing Jean-Jacques Annaud Screenplay
Production Claude Berri Producer
Writing Marguerite Duras Novel
Sound Gabriel Yared Original Music Composer
Camera Robert Fraisse Director of Photography
Editing Noëlle Boisson Editor
Art Hoang Thanh At Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Yvonne Sassinot de Nesle Costume Design
Art Olivier Radot Art Direction
Production Timothy Burrill Co-Producer
Production Jacques Tronel Co-Producer
Sound Jennifer Patrick Vocal Coach
Art Mat Troi Day Property Buyer