THE LOVER concerns the 18-year-old "the girl" (Jane March) in 1929 Indochina (French Colonial Vietnam), and her relationship with the 32-year-old "the Chinaman" (Tony Leung). She is awakening sexually and he is obsessed with her. The very intense relationship progresses as each plays with each other's bodies, lives and feelings. He says that he is in a prearranged marriage and cannot marry her. But he seems totally taken with her. She says that sex is totally fine with her, but could she be denying that it is love that she feels? With both families aware and opposed to their meeting, "the girl" and "the Chinaman" continue on exploring each other. It is only at the end that the true feelings are revealed. This film is as sensitive as it is steamy, and has alot of sex scenes, but they are so artfully done that one is not shocked.
Starring: Jane March, Tony Leung, Frederique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti, Melvil Poupaud.