Connie, wife of businessman Edward, begins an explosive affair with younger Frenchman, Paul, hoping for consequence-free sex, but finds it hard to keep her secret. Then Edward learns of the infidelity.
Adrian Lyne used to direct rip-offs bludgeoning Play Misty For Me or Carnival Of Souls into Fatal Attraction or Jacobs Ladder but has apparently graduated to remakes. Having gone after Kubrick with Lolita, here he Americanises Claude Chabrols La Femme Infidele (Chabrol doesnt get a credit until the end titles), a superbly-nuanced study in French bourgeois cruelty with a Hitchcockian suspense finale.
Though Unfaithful is scrupulously faithful to the original script, hinging its pivotal scene on the same throwaway line of dialogue, the original just doesnt translate. This is yet another starchy, draggy Richard Gere remake of a serious French film (see Intersection, Sommersby). Lane does fine work in a blank role, but her male leads are quietly ridiculous and Lynes trademarked shagging sequences (in a café toilet etc.) seem sadly tame.
Two agonising hours of material that could be told better in the 12-minute first act of a typical Columbo episode, followed by post-violence suspense scenes that raise a flicker of interest but still lead to a flat finish.