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The End of the Affair | 1999 | R | - 7.3.2

Set in London just after WWII, this love story has Ralph Fiennes playing secret lover to a married Julianne Moore. Based on Graham Greene's novel and directed by Neil Jordan. With Stephen Rea, Ian Hart, Sam Bould, Jason Isaacs, James Bolam and Deborah Findlay. [2:24]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Sexual innuendo, mostly discussion of extramarital affairs and getting caught in the act of lovemaking. We see several kissing scenes and four sex scenes. In one extended scene, a man puts his hand up a woman's skirt and rubs her clothed breast, then the two fondle, grope and passionately undress each other before falling on a bed and having intercourse with moaning (we see a few close-ups of the man's bare buttocks -- in one the woman's hand is squeezing his buttocks -- and glimpse his pubic hair). In another scene, they sit upright on a bed and we see lots of thrusting, a few shots of her bare breasts, and hear her moaning (we also see the couple in bed, naked from the waist up, post coitus). In two other scenes, we see them kissing passionately in bed and see their bodies thrusting under the covers (in one, we see a close-up of her bare breast and in the other we see part of her bare buttocks). We see a brief shot of a woman's bare breast as she gets dressed.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We hear loud bombs, and we see one bomb blow a man down a staircase; he survives but has a bloody gash on his head and blood on his chest and back. Later, we see a scar on the man's thigh.


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LANGUAGE 2 - A few anatomical references, one mild obscenity and a few insults.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Love, lust, infidelity, WWII, lying, relationships, forgiveness.

MESSAGE - Some people like habit more than happiness while others prefer passion to loyalty -- but in the end understanding and forgiveness benefit all.

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