Elective Affinities (1996)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Period Film, Romantic Drama  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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This French-Italian romantic drama is faithfully based on an early 19th century Goethe novel about the destruction of a married couple. They are Charlotte and Edouard, an aristocratic couple who married late in life and happily lives in a lovely Tuscan villa. Their peaceful, marital bliss is interrupted when Othon (Edourd's closest friend) and his goddaughter Ottilie, who was raised in a convent, arrive for an extended visit. The pregnant Charlotte immediately finds herself drawn to Othon while Edouard is attracted to the girl. As they act upon their impulses a tragedy ensues.

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aristocracy, goddaughter, love-triangle, marital-problems, marriage, pregnancy, tragic-love