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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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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
Vittorio Mezzogiorno ...
Newton Channing - le frère à la dérive de Loretta
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Jésus
Anne-Marie Coffinet ...
Dora
Jacques Herlin
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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After completing the director's cut of Betty Blue (1986), Jean-Jacques Beineix approached Gaumont with a request that he do the same thing for The Moon in the Gutter (1983). The studio however informed Beineix that all the unused scenes from the film had been destroyed. Beineix has said that the original cut of the film was 4 hours long. See more »

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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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Needs DVD Release in either NTSC or PAL Format!
8 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most printed words regarding this film is usually all negative. Criticisms for story and lack of coherence are usually the main issues. The film has has a sad reputation overall, but the atmosphere and cinematography makes up for any shortcomings in the script. The cast-particularly Kinski and Abril really make the film. Depardieu's dedication is serious enough as the lead protagonist. Check the works of Kinski and you'll find no other film of hers giving the aura and beguiling beauty display in The Moon In the Gutter. Regardless,the movie is better than most coming out these days. I would rank it highly with films like "Betty Blue" and the works of Almodovar and Polanski.Hopefully, a proper DVD issue of some kind is imminent.


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