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The Moon in the Gutter (1983)

La lune dans le caniveau (original title)
R | | Drama | 18 May 1983 (France)
He is a revenge-obssessed stevedore whose sister was brutally raped and murdered. She is a wealthy, elusive woman. They try hard to get together... or do they?

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gérard Delmas - un docker hanté par le suicide de sa soeur
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Loretta Channing - une fille des beaux quartiers
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Bella - la maîtresse possessive de Gérard
Bertice Reading ...
Lola
Gabriel Monnet ...
Tom
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Frank - le frère alcoolique de Gérard
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Frieda - une prostituée vieillissante
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Newton Channing - le frère à la dérive de Loretta
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Jésus
Anne-Marie Coffinet ...
Dora
Guido Alberti ...
Le gardien de la cathédrale
Katya Berger ...
Catherine (as Katia Berger)
Rosa Fumetto
Graziano Giusti

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In Marseilles, a woman commits suicide after she is raped in an alley. Nightly, her brother Gerard broods at the scene hoping to catch the rapist. He lives with his lover Bella whom he neglects, an alcoholic brother who lurks about, and his father who's stayed drunk since the daughter's death, ignoring work and his own companion. At a seedy bar, Gerard meets a wealthy, nihilistic hedonist and his beautiful sister. Gerard flips for her and thinks she's his ticket out of the slum. Bella warns him otherwise and also, in jealousy, sets two thugs on him. Then Gerard thinks he's found his sister's rapist. These emotional crises force Gerard to choose what's most important. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Diahnne Abbott, Robert De Niro's wife, was originally signed to co-star but quit when asked to perform in the nude. Her part was ultimately played by Victoria Abril. See more »

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Tom: A husband, you have to earn it!
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Pre-credits title: "We're born in the gutter ... where the stars gleam in the water." See more »

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Typical early 80's French movie
6 January 2004 | by (uiuc) – See all my reviews

I have to say that this was a pretty bad movie. The acting was bad, the editing was bad, the story was bad. I can see, however, how a movie like this can pave the way for something like Delicatessen, La cité des enfants perdus, and even Les amants du Pont-Neuf.

Actually, this reminded me of Carax's Mauvais Sang, which was really horrible but paved the way to his masterpiece Les amants du Pont-Neuf. Similarly, this is a precursor to Beineix's masterpiece, 37•2 le matin (version integrale). The focus on tormented relationships and uncertain geographies can be interesting, but really, not in this movie. The music was good, but not always well-adapted to the scenes it accompanied. Then again, by no means does this movie aim to be realistic (which explains the acting). Too bad. Interesting elements but boring results.


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