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Bitter Moon (1992)

After hearing stories of her, a passenger on a cruise ship develops an irresistible infatuation with an eccentric paraplegic's wife.

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Sophie Patel ...
Amrita Singh
Patrick Albenque ...
Steward
Smilja Mihailovitch ...
Bridge Player
Leo Eckmann ...
Bridge Player
Luca Vellani ...
Dado
Richard Dieux ...
Partygoer
Danny Wuyts ...
Bandleader (as Danny Garcy)
Daniel Dhubert ...
Bus Inspector
Nathalie Galán ...
Girl in Boutique (as Nathalie Galan)
Eric Gonzales ...
Cook
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Storyline

British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman, and that night Nigel meets her while dancing alone in the ship's bar. Later he meets her crippled American husband Oscar, who tells him their story. While living in Paris for several years trying to be a writer, he becomes obsessed with a woman he met by chance on a bus. He tracks her down and they start a steamy love affair. Soon Oscar finds himself enslaved body and soul by her love, and continues to tell Nigel the details of this relationship in various stages over a number of visits to Oscar's cabin. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Haß kann nur gedeihen, wo Liebe ist... [Hatred can only develop when there is love...]


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Rated R for the strong depiction of a perverse sexual relationship | See all certifications »

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18 March 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bitter måne  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,997, 18 March 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,862,805
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Filmed in part aboard the M.T.S. Odysseus, a cruise ship of Greece's Epirotiki Line. First launched in 1961 as the Princesa Isabel, Odysseus ended her career as the Lucky Star, a casino ship based out of Singapore. She was scrapped in Alang, India in April 2008, some 16 years after her appearance in Bitter Moon. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Mimi cuts her hair for the first time and bakes a Turkey for Oscar, he is wearing the same turtle necked blue sweater that was ripped off with a razor blade during a previous sex game. See more »

Quotes

Oscar: Where have you been ?
Mimi: You bought the tickets you should know.
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Featured in Indie Sex: Taboos (2001) See more »

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La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Under Licence from Editions Raoul Breton
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Compelling, delightful film!
14 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

This film is utterly compelling - it will have you glued to the screen. It's about 2 hours and 15 minutes long, yet it never loses its grip. Although there are a few "funny" moments, you can never be sure whether they were intentional or not. The pacing is slow but wonderfully methodical. But what really makes this picture delightful is the level of the acting of the male stars. While the female leads are also wonderful, the cynical Coyote and, especially, the charmingly shy Grant (his performance here is underrated) provide two different ways for the viewer to enter the story and their interplay is offbeat and endlessly entertaining. This is methodical, first-rate filmmaking by Polanski.


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