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Bitter Moon (1992)

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 ... See full summary »

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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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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...]


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,862,805 (USA)
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Trivia

Roman Polanski performed a number of roles on the film. Polanski was a writer, a producer and the director. See more »

Goofs

At about 1:49 when Mimi takes off her shoes and Oscar has wet himself, the position of the visible shoe on the floor varies between shots (points 180 degrees the other way). See more »

Quotes

Oscar: What have you been doing In Möntenich ? Waiting tables?
Mimi: Yes till the manager found out I could dance then he put me on the floor show.
Oscar: Kind of him.
Mimi: Yes he was very kind , he almost restored my faith in human nature.
Oscar: Only almost ?
Mimi: He did until I remembered you.
Oscar: Touché.
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Connections

Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

My Cherie Amour
Written by Stevie Wonder and Henry Cosby (as H. Cosby) and Sylvia Moy
Performed by Danny Wuyts (as Danny Garcy)
Courtesy of B.M.G. Music Publishing France
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As black as they come... but rarely as brilliant- and Coyote is devastatingly good!
4 February 2007 | by (Åby, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Stiff British couple on an ocean-liner cruise run into, and is spellbound by an American-French man & wife with a highly unusual past... Director Polanski brilliantly brings us this unforgettable, jet-black and haunting story of love and desire, and the threat of pushing them to obsessive limits- you can almost hear the bells of doom ring as the setting of the ship shifts to beautiful Paris and Coyote's voice-over...

Definitely controversial and unsettling, but it's one of those occasions that you just can't resist (like Grant's character does) following characters that aren't necessarily instantly likable. And therein, Peter Coyote excels in an absolutely devastating performance as the failed writer! Borderlines occasionally into sensationalistic kinkiness, but always recovers... not to mention by featuring one of the best (and saddest) endings I can think of.

9 out of 10 from Ozjeppe


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