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The Sheltering Sky (1990)

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The American artist couple Port and Kit Moresby travel aimlessly through Africa, searching for new experiences that could give sense to their relationship. But the flight to distant regions only leads both deeper into despair.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Kit Moresby
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Port Moresby
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George Tunner
Jill Bennett ...
Mrs. Lyle
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Eric Lyle
Eric Vu-An ...
Belqassim
Amina Annabi ...
Mahrnia
Philippe Morier-Genoud ...
Captain Broussard
Sotigui Kouyaté ...
Abdelkader (as Sotigui Kouyate)
Tom Novembre ...
French Immigration Officer
Ben Smaïl ...
Smail (as Ben Smail)
Kamel Cherif ...
Ticket Seller
Mohammed Afifi ...
Mohamed (as Afifi Mohamed)
Brahim Oubana ...
Young Arab
Carolyn De Fonseca ...
Miss Ferry (as Carolyn de Fonseca)
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The American artist couple Port and Kit Moresby travels aimless through Africa, searching for new experiences that could give new sense to their relationship. But the flight to distant regions leads both only deeper into despair. Written by Thomas Manhardt <Thomas.Manhardt@wu-wien.ac.at>

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Release Date:

12 December 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Refugio para el amor  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,075,084 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Annette Bening had been in negotiations for months with Bernardo Bertolucci for the role of Kit, a part that ultimately went to Debra Winger. See more »

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There is a moment when Port is with Kit in her room, she is sitting and he is caressing her belly. A good deal of pubic hair is notoriously visible, but immediately follows a closer shot in which she is completely covered. See more »

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[first lines]
Port Moresby: Well, terra firma.
Tunner: We're probably the first tourists they've had since the war.
Kit Moresby: Tunner, we're not tourists. We're travelers.
Tunner: Oh. What's the difference?
Port Moresby: A tourist is someone who thinks about going home the moment they arrive, Tunner.
Kit Moresby: Whereas a traveler might not come back at all.
Tunner: You mean *I'm* a tourist.
Kit Moresby: Yes, Tunner. And I'm half and half.
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An unequivocally beautiful movie that shouldn't be faulted for not quite living up to the novel, but I can't help it
25 March 2006 | by (Indianapolis, Indiana) – See all my reviews

The Sheltering Sky is frankly a psychological masterpiece and one of the densest books I've ever read, but it has a fairly simple plot. The film adequately reenacts the plot. but can't really convey what it is that makes the novel so exquisite.

That's not to say Bertolucci and his contributors, especially cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, don't deserve a lot of credit for their work. This should probably be accepted as the industry standard for filming the scenery of North Africa. The title alone should tell you you're in for rich cinematography and in my opinion this is absolutely necessary to the telling of the story, but the scenery does tend to overwhelm the story at times.

Malkovich and Winger both give credible performances, but they seemed like strangers to me compared to the characters in the novel. Likewise the casting of the Lyles was excellent, but their role seemed abbreviated. I found Paul Bowles himself to be a captivating screen presence, though he's only on screen briefly as the narrator.

Ultimately the film is worth watching but constantly reminded me of the discrepancy between the two media, which isn't exactly an endearing quality.


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