Richard Gere and Diane Lane star in this “anatomy” of an affair as Edward and Connie Sumner who seem to be living the American dream with a happy marriage of eleven years. But when Connie has a windy collision with a French book dealer named Paul (Olivier Martinez), the attractive and charming man begins to tempt her thoughts with the idea of an affair. Discovering his loving wife has lied to him, Edward hires a detective who confirms his suspicion. A moment of uncontrollable rage can either separate him from Connie forever or bring their marriage back together.
A fascinating character study, UNFAITHFUL perfectly reflects the Bible verse; “Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” (James 1:15) Although she frequently acknowledges her actions are ‘wrong,’ Connie can’t seem to stop her sexual trysts. The encounters are graphically rendered with explicit nudity and sexual activity. Although he initially covers up a crime, Edward later struggles with the issue of integrity as he considers the ramifications of confession. Obscenities and strong profanity are used a number of times and, combined with graphic sexual content and nudity, renders UNFAITHFUL unwatchable.