Love is a complicated emotion, and it becomes even more difficult to understand when a person falls for someone else when they are already in a relationship. The idea of infidelity can be scary as well as exciting. No matter what a person’s reasons for cheating on their partner, this topic contains enough drama for storytellers to explore it from different angles. In the expansive collection of movies in its catalog, Hulu boasts some of the best movies that explore the topic of infidelity, giving the audience an insight into all the ways love can work.
7. God Forbid (2022)
This documentary film showcases the 7-year sexual affair between a pool attendant, Giancarlo Granda, and Becki Falwell, the wife of evangelist Jerry Falwell Jr., who was the president of Liberty University, one of America’s largest Christian colleges as well as a well-known Trump supporter. In the film, we get a first-hand description of the whole case, including the political repercussions, from Granda himself, who reveals how Jerry watched while Becki and Granda made love. This was after Becki coerced Granda into coming to her room at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach luxury hotel in March 2012. The affair came to light in 2020. Directed by Billy Corben, you can watch the film right here.
6. The Beta Test (2021)
Directed by Jim Cummings and PJ McCabe, this gripping dark comedy-drama follows stressed Hollywood agent Jordan Hines (Jim Cummings), who is about to get married to his fiancée Caroline Gaines (Virginia Newcomb). But when he undergoes a no-strings-attached sexual encounter in blindfolds with an anonymous woman, courtesy of an anonymous letter in his mail, things start to spiral, taking a toll on his professional and personal life. As he gets more and more obsessed with finding out who is behind the letter, which is one of many he discovers from the delivery guy, he drifts away from Caroline. Will his quest cost him the love of his life? Will he find the person responsible for the letter? To find out, you can stream ‘The Beta Test’ here.
5. Anaïs in Love (2021)
‘Anaïs in Love’ is as much a holiday movie as a comedy movie that deals with infidelity with lots of “falls for” in it. Directed by Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet, the movie tells the story of 30-year-old Anaïs (Anaïs Demoustier), who is in an unhappy relationship with her boyfriend, Raoul (Christophe Montenez), when a married man, Daniel (Denis Podalydès), much aged, falls for her. With Anaïs looking for a way out, the unlikely pair tries to get things going. But this is not what the movie is about. It is about what happens when Anaïs falls in love with Daniel’s live-in partner Emilie (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), who is a famous writer. As Anaïs hangs out with Emilie in the gorgeous terrain of the Brittany peninsula, we get a sense of unfiltered longing and belonging that the two women are secretly brewing for each other. You can watch the film here.
4. Elena Undone (2010)
‘Elena Undone’ is a rather “intense affair” as we see Elena, the wife of a pastor who is pro-anti-homosexuality, fall in love with Peyton, who is a lesbian writer. But it takes time for their connection to turn into friendship and then blossom into love. It is this steady, nuanced progress and the way it is portrayed that makes the movie worthwhile. Peyton has her reservations, while Elena knows that if she goes forward, there’s no going back to her family, which comprises her husband and son. Directed by Nicole Conn, the ‘Elena Undone’ cast includes Necar Zadegan as Elena, Traci Dinwiddie as Peyton, Gary Weeks, and Connor Kramme. You may watch the film here.
3. Deep Water (2022)
Starring Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, ‘Deep Water’ is an erotic thriller that offers ample amounts of eroticism, thrill, and motivated infidelity or infidelity that has a motive behind it. Vic (Affleck) and Melinda (de Armas) are married and have a daughter, but their complicated relationship is based on a peculiar arrangement made to avoid the mess that a divorce brings. Melinda is allowed to have affairs and sleep with other men. But when one of Melinda’s lovers is murdered, eyes turn to Vic, who has already claimed to have killed another lover of hers. Was he serious, or was he kidding? ‘Deep Water’ is directed by Adrian Lyne and based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1957 novel. Feel free to check out the film here.
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2. The World to Come (2020)
Directed by Mona Fastvold, ‘The World to Come’ is a historical drama starring Vanessa Kirby, Katherine Waterston, Christopher Abbott, and Casey Affleck. The story is set in 1850s New York and tells the story of Abigail, who lives with her husband on a rural farm. A boring life accompanied by depression and distance from her husband consumes Abigail. However, this is when she finds a friend in her new neighbor, Tallie. As days go by, they form an unlikely friendship that is bound to face hurdles in a world run by men. Things get more complicated when they kiss. To know what happens next, you can stream the film here.
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1. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ takes us back to 18th century France, where we come across Marianne (Noémie Merlant), who is a painter and her subject, the bride-to-be Héloïse (Adèle Haenel). The groom has to like Héloïse’s portrait before they can get married. Héloïse, who is reluctant to get married, isn’t ready to get the painting made. Thus, the only way for Marianne is to keep her company during the day, as a companion, so that she can learn about her, physically and emotionally, and paint her portrait during the night. This process is what slowly turns into a romance that is painful, thrilling, and exquisite. ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ is a masterpiece by Céline Sciamma. You can check out the film here.
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