Truth and consequences

Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful is more graphic in its portrayal of the act, but it comes no closer than most recent films to confronting the issues surrounding adultery. Once again, it is the physical activity, not the consequences, that gets most of the attention. Unfaithful starts out horribly and ends on equally shaky ground, with only an involving second act helping to prop it up.

The film centers on the Sumner family, which lives in a ritzy suburb of New York City. Husband Edward (Richard Gere) runs a successful armored car business, while his younger wife, Connie (Diane Lane), spends her days taking care of social activities and school events revolving around their eight-year- old, Charlie (Erik Per Sullivan).They appear to be a happy-enough family, but we know that something is amiss right off the bat as Connie starts the day amid a heavy windstorm (the winds of passion and all that--Lyne's approach is not subtle).


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