Oz auds to see ‘Romance’

Censors overturned, R18+ rating awarded

SYDNEY — Australian audiences will soon have the chance to see controversial French film “Romance” after the censor’s ban was overturned Friday on appeal.

The Office of Film and Literature’s Classification Review Board awarded the pic an “R18+” rating (suitable for adults aged 18 and over) and decreed it should be listed as containing “high-level scenes.”

The OFLC had refused to classify “Romance” on the grounds that it depicts actual rather than simulated sex, provoking protests from the director, Catherine Breillat, and Australian film critics.

Acting deputy convenor Ross Tzannes said the board found the film does not “offend against standards generally accepted by reasonable adults.”

Distrib Potential Films now intends to release “Romance” late next month or in March.

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