From the director of Fatal Attraction comes Unfaithful, a similarly themed drama about infidelity breaking the smooth surface of married life. Diana Lane stands admirably at the center of the storm as Connie, a not-unhappily married wife and mother who impulsively romances a cosmopolitan bookseller played by Olivier Martinez. Her sturdy husband (Richard Gere) catches on to the deception as the affair escalates out of control.
A lean script plays out this marital tragedy. Unfaithful is more restrained than Fatal Attraction (although they deal with the same kind of couples living in the same city, New York), a development that allows for a more sober look at how a couple can become undone.