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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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I had to join just to say it and mean it. I am touched by this film, whoever discussing to reduce it to simplicity is offensively strayed.
The best part is played by Peter Coyote, his bitter and splendid role interpreted and narrated to perfection, along with Emmanuelle's exotic looks, he is the one who starts everything. An American man and a French girl, apparently ordinary.
To watch it rightfully, one has to empathize the boundaries created between Mimi and Oscar and how after cooling off the first exciting stage of their relationship, they proceed on neglecting the daily life not minding what really is at their depths. Leaded by tenacious distresses, both, Oscar and Mimi torture themselves to infinity, while at the same time, they're building up something profound inside that even they do not realize.
Concerning the main spectators, the British matrimony in the cruise, a poor minded couple of insipid looks personifying the conventional lifestyle of the majority, they expose the radical contrast against the intensiveness of the other affair, which in turn serves as psychological therapy for them. It's a grown film about human behaviors towards the most powerful global force: search for love or personal satisfaction.
The final blow that makes this film a masterpiece, is the (very important to mention)soundtrack extraordinarily attached to the picture by Vangelis. Without it, the transmission of sensations through the scenes would not have been so strong and powerful, which is substantially the highlight of the film.
So... If only for its music, I recommend not to miss this rare and deep story that might make you meditate while or after wards, if you're that perceptive.
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