The Intimate Lover

The Intimate Lover (2005)

6.9
Your Rating:
-/10
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 376 users
Reviews: 3 users

A man and a woman meet for the first time. The handsome stranger, asked her to spend one day with him. The woman has never taken a dangerous risk in her life. She has been with her lover for seven years and is going to get married next month. For the first time she will experience a level of excitement and intimacy, she has never experienced before with the man she met only today.

  • Native title:

    애인
  • Also Known as:

    Ae in; The Intimate; Intimate Lovers; The Intimate Lovers

Add Cast Cast

Write a Review More Reviews (1) Reviews

PrettyCarEye
26 people found this review helpful
Other reviews by this user
Oct 20, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.0
I never realized how given to fairy tales many Hollywood films were until I started watching Asian cinema.

Films from this region can be so painfully true to life, not prone to sugarcoat or providing even the narrowest of escape from the unpredictability and cruelty of human existence. There's no compromise. I don't know what to make of it. I both love it and hate it.

The Intimate Lover poignantly unveils our read more contrary nature as human beings. When it comes to matters of the heart, we want security and stability, but also a constant supply of that heady rush of new love, of being in love and seeing the stars in our lover's eyes. But it's impossible to attain both at the same time, with the same partner for the long haul.

So where does that leave us? Pretty much between a rock and hard a place.

To not chase that high is to commit yourself to a life of probable unfulfillment and what ifs, and to chase it would be like chasing a rainbow. You'll be going around in circles. If you leave one partner for another just to experience the high of being in love, eventually you'll end up back where you started with the same irrational need to begin the process all over again.

So really that sweet, intoxicating love we all want to experience can only last for a lifetime in our memories; and what this film imparts on us is that it's better to experience that love and end it while you're still on a high rather than let it wane from the onset of familiarity. It is the memory of this intoxicating love that will cradle us as we're delivered into the bosom of death.

It's a powerful message, if a little depressing.

All in all, though, this was a good exploration of the human condition. I think the actors did a good job, especially the female lead. I was happy to see some good physicality between the characters. None of this brushing of the lips nonsense or people who are supposed to be intimate acting like strangers around each other.

I've seen where this film has been described as "erotic". Perhaps by Asian standards, but this was just an average film to me. Explicit, yes, but erotic, not really. Because of the subject matter the film attempts to analyze they HAD to show that level of intimacy between the characters. To not do so would have been unrealistic. When you meet someone and you fall in love with them, you want to be intimate with them. Film, being a visual medium, has to show that intimacy to strengthen the story being told, otherwise the movie would have defeated its own purpose.

I must admit even though I had an idea where the movie was headed, and was okay with it, I held a small hope for a different ending. What can I say? I am a romantic. I know how life works. I know we're powerless to its whims. But I don't need to be reminded of that constantly in my entertainment. Be that as it may, however, I'm glad no one had a terminal illness. No one got hit by a truck. No one died or was dying. Thank goodness.

The ending was appropriate, poignant, but not gut wrenching. If you're in the mood for a film that will make you think and or spur an intellectual conversation afterwards, this is a good choice.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No
darkangel662008
11 people found this review helpful
Other reviews by this user
Mar 4, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
The story is strictly for matured audiences, for it includes some steamy scene. The movie is good, it tackles situation that all of us might encounter...And it makes you think about the what and what ifs in love and relationship and the dilemma of choosing...

I like the soundtrack of this movie.

The actors are great,you will feel the love and passion they portray.

So overall its worth watching^^
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Make a Recommendation Recommendations

Both female characters have non functional relationships which sent them to cheat their partners.
Recommended by AneMi

Create topic See AllRecent Discussions new!

Be the first to create a discussion for The Intimate Lover

Comments (7)

  • Login or Register to post comments
  • Reply
    werwiewowas95 Jan 4, 2016

    what was wrong with the water?

  • Reply
    Raza Jan 6, 2015

    The ultimate slut movie, but at the same it was quite realistic. There are women out there who are like this, I have seen it with my own eyes.

  • Reply
    hallyumentality Aug 4, 2014 - edited

    It's also on Netflix, for anyone who has a subscription.

  • Reply
    sweet_angellesley Sep 14, 2013

    Where can I watch this with eng sub??? Help please ^_^

    • Reply
      Panda-Sama Dec 10, 2013

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=jmo5djXe758
      www.iwannawatch.co - this site also good.

  • Reply
    Gia May 2, 2013

    Loved the movie but the ending was a little too realistic for me. Sobsob

    • Reply
      kangoor Sep 14, 2013

      I loved it mostly because of the ending

  • Reply
    StellarJ Mar 7, 2013

    I guess maybe I should watch this?...

  • Reply
    sam9 Nov 13, 2012

    Speachless & beautiful, some sceens left me wondering. Yet sad at the same time. She will allways have a special smile on her face..at the memory

  • Reply
    Jamaique3d Oct 28, 2012

    this was so sad

  • Reply
    KateBison Oct 22, 2012

    wow beautiful..

  • Reply
    poice May 24, 2012

    I really like it. The plot is simple but I was hooked from the very beginning of the film. Erotic scenes are well made and actors had a wonderful chemistry. Oh, and I love the ending! So realistic.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Movie
  • Release Date:

    Dec 8, 2005
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 38 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    6.9 (scored by 376 users)
  • Ranked:

    #2170
  • Popularity:

    #4717

Recently Watched By