The Affair is a period piece in every way. Set in 1930s Czechoslovakia, the film is about a pair of newlyweds named Viktor and Liesel Landauer that are ready to begin their new lives. It is not long before this optimism turns into a more mundane existence. Liesel turns to her friend Hana to fill the void in her marriage. As time passes, the two must constantly make decisions regarding love and life.
The movie is beautiful to look at. From the lighting to the architecture, the camera is always working to help set the atmosphere. Unlike other films, the look of The Affair is almost the opposite of the story being told. While the film is a feast for the eyes, the story can be a harsh one about the struggles of time and love. The architectural beauty almost stands in opposition to the pain in the lives of Liesel and Hana.
The Affair brings nothing new to the table in regards to its power of love narrative. As with most films that tell this type of story, it is heavy with emotion. While this can help audiences become emotionally invested there are times when major events and even people seem downplayed. It has the effect of taking away from the love story.
When things seem to be moving too quickly or the “love conquers all” plot seems underdeveloped, there is always the chemistry between Leisel and Hana. As decades progress and the two continue to encounter obstacles, there is always the bond between the two. The passion and longing between the two always seems genuine. Ultimately, they are the driving force behind The Affair.
The Affair will be available On Demand March 5
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