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Cast

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Mr. Singh
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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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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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,862,805 (USA)
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The movie is based upon Pascal Bruckner's 1981 novel "Lune de fiel" - a pun on "Lune de miel", the French word for "honeymoon". "Lune de fiel" literally means "bile 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

Mimi: I want to marry you. I want to give you babies. I want to give you the rest of my life!
Oscar: I don't want the rest of your life. I want my own.
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La Mer
Music by Charles Trenet and Albert Lasry
Lyrics by Charles Trenet
Under Licence from Editions Raoul Breton
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Bitter Moon. A forgotten masterpiece
4 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Every man should watch this film, it is a Polanski masterpiece. The parts are wonderfully played and the script is menacingly accurate. Why it didn't get greater exposure at the time or since baffles me, particularly as two of the principle characters have since become "famous" , Hugh Grant and Kristan Scott Thomas.

Most men will empathise with the morality or lack of in this confused relationship between an older man obsessed with his sexual object in the form of the stunning French actress, and her adoration for him. The haunting reality is that for so many the lack of depth in a relationship is frightening once the sexual desire diminishes. An awesome film 10 out of 10.


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