The Lover



A poor French teenage girl engages in an illicit affair with a wealthy Chinese heir in 1920s Saigon. For the first time in her young life she has control, and she wields it deftly over her besotted lover throughout a series of clandestine meetings and torrid encounters.

  1. Jean-Jacques Annaud

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Marguerite Duras


  3. Gérard Brach


Top Billed Cast

  1. Jane March

    Jane March

    The Young Girl

  2. Tony Leung Ka-Fai

    Tony Leung Ka-Fai

    The Chinaman

  3. Frédérique Meininger

    Frédérique Meininger

    The Mother

  4. Arnaud Giovaninetti

    Arnaud Giovaninetti

    The Elder Brother

  5. Melvil Poupaud

    Melvil Poupaud

    The Younger Brother

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The Lover
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Original Title L'Amant

Status Released

Release Information

  • October 29, 1992


    Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian 21 or older. The parent/guardian is required to stay with the child under 17 through the entire movie, even if the parent gives the child/teenager permission to see the film alone. These films may contain strong profanity, graphic sexuality, nudity, strong violence, horror, gore, and strong drug use. A movie rated R for profanity often has more severe or frequent language than the PG-13 rating would permit. An R-rated movie may have more blood, gore, drug use, nudity, or graphic sexuality than a PG-13 movie would admit.

Original Language French

Runtime 1h 55m

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