After Sex (1997 film)

After Sex (French: Post Coïtum, Animal Triste) is a 1997 film by French director Brigitte Roüan.

After Sex
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Directed byBrigitte Roüan
Produced byHumbert Balsan
Written bySantiago Amigorena
Philippe Le Guay
Jean-Louis Richard
Brigitte Roüan
Guy Zilberstein
StarringBrigitte Roüan
Patrick Chesnais
CinematographyPierre Dupouey
Edited byLaurent Roüan
Release date
29 August 1997
Running time
97 minutes

Roüan stars in the film as Diane Clovier, a married mother of two who has an affair with the friend of a young writer she is mentoring. Meanwhile, her husband, a lawyer, is defending a woman charged with murdering her unfaithful spouse.

The film was well received in its native France, but raised some eyebrows for its sympathetic treatment of a woman's infidelity. The film also received positive notice in the United States, where it was released in 1998. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

The original French title, literally "After Coitus, Sad Animal", alludes to post-coital tristesse.



  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: After Sex". Archived from the original on 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2009-09-27.


  • Riding, Alan. "When the Tables Are Turned in Adultery's Secret Rooms", New York Times, March 8, 1998

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