Arguably her most controversial film to date at the time of its release (and that’s really saying something), Romance remains one of Breillat’s signature achievements and is a perversely neat encapsulation of many of her political and aesthetic concerns. School teacher Marie (Caroline Ducey) has grown bored of her all-too-bourgeois relationship with Paul (Sagamore Stévenin); one morning, at a bar, she meets Paolo (adult film actor Rocco Siffredi), with whom she has sex, inaugurating a harrowing Sadean journey from which Marie will learn more than she could have expected both about herself and her place in a misogynistic world fueled by desire and ruled through violence.