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The Affair

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5.31 h 43 min202116+
Liesel Landauer and her friend Hana are linked by a lifelong relationship and an exceptional house built by the architect Von Abt for Liesel and her husband Viktor in Czechoslovakia in the early 1930s.
Directors
Julius Sevcík
Starring
Hanna AhlströmClaes BangCarice van Houten
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Producers
Rudolf Biermann
Studio
Vertical Entertainment
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagenuditysexual contentsmokingviolence
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3.8 out of 5 stars

81 global ratings

  1. 49% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 9% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 23% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 8% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 11% of reviews have 1 stars
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Another NameReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 August 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautifully shot and acted with an affair with a house at its centre
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The house reflecting the events which the film depicts from the 1930s through to the 1980s and a central part of the "affair". This film is a slow burn, relying on atmosphere and occasionally only brief glimpses of events happening. You have to know a bit about history to understand what is going on. The two central performances were excellent as was the house itself. The cinematography was stunning - I really like architecture and so does this film. I think this film is very underrated and would recommend it for anyone who doesn't mind atmosphere over action and exposition, and is interested in architecture and history.
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J. ElliottReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really enjoyed this film
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I thought this film was excellent. I'm a big fan of cinematography and architecture so that alone was a big win but I also enjoyed the storyline. At times it was a little slow and was a little heavy handed with the foreshadowing and symbolism but overall I found the story drew you in and I really was invested in the characters and genuinely sad when their lives were torn apart. I would have liked a little more backstory between Liesel and Hana - for example where did they meet and how did they fall in love. Also sometimes it felt a little one sided and that Hana was more in love than Liesel. However overall I would recommend this film. I know some reviewers felt this movie was too disjointed and plot points were missed. The story is definitely not spoonfed to the audience and some connecting of the dots it required but I quite liked that and the overall story was well told and I really believed the love and devotion throughout the story.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Well made film with unnecessary persistent melancholy
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POSITIVES: The acting , cinematography is great and I usually cant stand dubbed films but didn't notice it was dubbed at all. beautifully made. More appropriately called 'the house' really as it centers around the journey of a house and what it's walls bared witness too over time but I guess that title wouldn't attract punters as much. I loved the fluidity of their sexuality and they didn't make a big deal about the same-sex attraction (most period films centre a whole plot around the torment of this ,and that narrative is a bit tired)

But for me there was something lacking. Some grit or relational engagement. The characters seems a bit passive and bewildered throughout. And ofcourse, they would be considering the situation, but it persisted for the whole film. Its worth more than 2 stars but less than 3 for that.
sarahReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 October 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet love story
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This film should be considered seperate from Simon Mower's book the glass room. I was disappointed they didn't follow the storyline of Liesel slowly turning blind, but I found this film more of a sweet love story and not as harrowing as the novel. The way the glass room was dipicted was spot on. They did the onyx wall well, including when the sun rays light it up. This is a stylish, elegant film.
J. GilbertReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 October 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful and melancholy.
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I love the reflective nature of the film. The way history is happening just off stage, as it would if you had the limited perspective of the house itself. I loved the way some scenes, vignettes, only make sense later on. Events are not spelled out for the viewer. It reminded me strongly of the work of Stephen Poliakoff, but I often find his work a bit annoying, and this was not.
I think they should have kept the original title "The Glass Room".
Trishy WishyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tastefully Done!
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Beautifully and tastefully done. For once a real movie without the disgusting porn scenes!

Loved it!
L.E. HarveyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 April 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
If you've watched the trailer ...you've seen the film!
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Have no idea who the characters are, how they met, felt like 50% of the story was missing. Lots of beautiful cinematography of a house though.
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lilmonster_86Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 September 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great film
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Lovely film blending the war and romance
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