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Simple Passion(Passion simple)

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France, Belgium, Lebanon · 2021
1h 39m
Director Danielle Arbid
Starring Laetitia Dosch, Sergei Polunin
Genre Drama, Romance

Helene is a university professor and divorcee in her forties taking care of her young son Paul. When she begins a heated affair with Alexandre, a married, aloof, and much younger Russian embassy official, her infatuation and obsession with the elusive man drives her to neglect her responsibilities.

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Empire by

Although the pleasures of the flesh are shown with enough erotic power to convince us of Hélène's addiction to them, the anonymity of the lead characters stops the film from truly gripping.


CineVue by Christopher Machell

In sensual romantic drama Simple Passion, Lebanese-born director Danielle Arbid captures viscerally that peculiar detachment that comes from romantic and sexual infatuation.


Variety by Guy Lodge

An imperfect but glassily compelling study of obsessive, finally debilitating desire that honors its source with an unblinking female gaze.


The Telegraph by Tim Robey

The film’s about a chapter we prefer to get out of the way in adolescence; revisited as this kind of helpless mid-life crisis, it’s exquisite torture.

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