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Henry and June Movie Review Summary

Actors: Fred Ward, Uma Thurman, Maria de Medeiros, Richard E. Grant

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In 1931 Paris, aspiring French writer and obsessive diarist Anais Nin (de Medeiros) meets Henry Miller (Ward), an expatriate American who has come to Paris to become a writer himself. Nin and her banker husband Hugo Guiler (Grant) financially support the struggling Miller's efforts, but Nin also becomes sexually involved with the American. He talks incessantly about his bisexual wife June, a waitress and aspiring actress in New York about whom he is writing his first major work, "Tropic of Cancer." Eventually June comes to Paris and plays a cranky and demanding muse to the writers, both of whom obsess over and desire her. There are field trips to brothels, and Nin's sex life with her husband becomes more colorful as well. Philip Kaufman made this 1990 film, based on the steamy diary of Nin by the same name, right after "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," and though it is as gorgeous and steamily sensual as the earlier film (this was the first film to earn an NC-17 rating, as a classy alternative to X) and features some terrific performances (especially by WardUn and de Medeiros), it's not as coherent or thematically rich. Richly sensuous film, though.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   main character serviced by a prostitute    -   Lesbians!    -   really kinky sex! Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   writer Poverty story?    -   Yes Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France City?    -   Yes City:    -   Paris Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   licking    -   orgies    -   lesbians!    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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