One could easily argue that the movie Unfaithful, released in 2002, was by far the best acting role in Diane Lane’s career and probably the best movie in recent memory about adultery. There are unexpected twists and turns in this story and an ending that was very messy but considering the shocking events of how this story concluded, the ending was well within any set of irrational human emotions that involve panic, anger, jealousy, and fear.
During the times I have thought about this film or discussed it with someone else, the scene where Diane Lane as Connie Summer on a train, on the way home after her first encounter with her lover; the expression on her face reliving the events of the day, was one of the best acting performances I can remember in many years. This film is also a great role for Richard Gere as Edward Summer who is very believable as the jilted husband and over time he suspects his wife is cheating on him. There are some side parts to this story that are necessary to make the movie last 2 hours and are somewhat connected to the affair Edward’s wife is having but they flow very well within the story. This movie is a lesson about a short term decision that at the time might seem harmless but in the long term can completely ruin your life.
I thought that Unfaithful was one of the best dramas about the potential downside of marriage and life in many years, the acting was outstanding and I highly recommend this film from 2002.