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Director:
Writers:
Pascal Bruckner (novel)
Roman Polanski (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
18 March 1994 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Haß kann nur gedeihen, wo Liebe ist... [Hatred can only develop when there is love...]
Plot:
British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(35 articles)
Polanski to receive Locarno honour
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Locarno to honour Roman Polanski
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Coyote ... Oscar

Emmanuelle Seigner ... Mimi

Hugh Grant ... Nigel

Kristin Scott Thomas ... Fiona

Victor Banerjee ... 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
Jim Adhi Limas ... Thai Maître D' (as Jim-Adhi Limas)
Boris Bergman ... Oscar's Friend
Olivia Brunaux ... Cindy
Heavon Grant ... Basil
Charlene ... Hooker
Geoffrey Carey ... Neighbour with Dog
Robert Benmussa ... Flight Dispatcher
Claire Lopez ... Model
Shannon Finnegan ... Housewife
Frédérique Lopez ... Brunette (as Frederique Lopez)
Ysé Tran ... Eurasian Girl (as Yse Marguerite Tran)
Claude Bonnet ... Mayor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stockard Channing ... Beverly (uncredited)

Directed by
Roman Polanski 
 
Writing credits
Pascal Bruckner (novel "Lunes de Fiel")

Roman Polanski (screenplay) &
Gérard Brach (screenplay) (as Gerard Brach) &
John Brownjohn (screenplay)

Jeff Gross (script collaboration)

Produced by
Robert Benmussa .... executive producer
Roman Polanski .... producer
Alain Sarde .... co-producer
Timothy Burrill .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Vangelis 
 
Cinematography by
Tonino Delli Colli (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hervé de Luze  (as Herve De Luze)
 
Production Design by
Willy Holt 
Gérard Viard  (as Gerard Viard)
 
Costume Design by
Jackie Budin 
 
Makeup Department
Loli Avellanas .... hair stylist (as Lolita Avellanas)
Alain Bernard .... hair stylist
Sophie Harvey .... makeup artist
Didier Lavergne .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jean-Marc Abbou .... unit manager
Jean-Jacques Damiani .... production manager
Françoise Piraud .... post-production manager
Daniel Szuster .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Bartonio .... first assistant director
Emanuel Booz .... second assistant director (as Emmanuel Booz)
Patrick Boshart .... second assistant director
Michel Cheyko .... first assistant director
Anne Trinquelle .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Benoît Clémenceau .... production buyer (as Benoit Clemenceau)
Jean-Michel Ducourty .... assistant art director
Maurice Guarguir .... set painter
Marcel Laude .... property master
André Loisif .... construction manager (as Andre Loisif)
Jean-Claude Perchet .... set dresser
Jacques Quinternet .... production buyer
Philippe Turlure .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Jean-François Auger .... post-synch mixer
Jean-Marie Blondel .... boom operator
Daniel Brisseau .... sound
Mimi Dashefski .... dialogue editor
Roberto Garzelli .... sound editor
Lizi Gelber .... adr editor (as Lizabeth Gelber)
Anne-Marie Leduc .... dialogue editor
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... foley artist
Marion Lorthioir .... post-synchronization
Jacques Lévy .... post-synchronization (as Jacques Levy)
Mario Melchiorri .... foley artist
Ray Merrin .... sound mixer
Laurent Quaglio .... sound editor
Bill Rowe .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Jean-François Cousson .... special effects
Pierre Foury .... special effects
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects
Benoît Lestang .... special effects
Frederic Moreau .... optical effects supervisor
Jean-Louis Trinquier .... special effects
Paul Wilson .... special effects
 
Stunts
Jean-Louis Airola .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Marie Benoît .... electrician (as Jean-Marie Benoit)
Roberto de Franceschi .... assistant camera (as Roberto De Franceschi)
François Duhamel .... still photographer
Etienne George .... still photographer
André Haidant .... grip (as Andre Haidant)
Gérard Haidant .... grip (as Gerard Haidant)
Jean Harnois .... camera operator
François Lauliac .... focus puller
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... gaffer (as Jean-Claude Lebras)
Valérie Le Gurun .... electrician (as Valerie Le Gurun)
Nicola Pecorini .... Steadicam operator
André Thiéry .... key grip (as Andre Thiery)
Jean-Pierre Voisin .... electrician
Alex Howe .... focus puller: sfx unit (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Alberte Garo .... crowd casting
Françoise Menidrey .... casting: France
Mary Selway .... casting: UK
Bonnie Timmermann .... casting: USA (as Bonnie Timmerman)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ann Dunsford .... wardrobe master (as Anne Dunsford-Varenne)
Laurent Ferrie .... tailor
Gerard Staub .... dresser
 
Editorial Department
Nadia Ben Rachid .... assistant editor
Caroline Coudin .... assistant editor
Glenn Cunningham .... associate editor
Yvan Lucas .... color grader
 
Music Department
Philippe Colonna .... music mixer
Philippe Colonna .... music recordist
Frédéric Rousseau .... music mixer
Frédéric Rousseau .... music recordist
Vangelis .... musician
 
Transportation Department
Gilles Saulnier .... driver
 
Other crew
Sylvette Baudrot .... continuity
Aude Boedec .... production secretary
Jean-Pierre Bonnet .... production accountant
Quinn Donoghue .... unit publicist
Christophe Folcher .... trainee
Laurence Granec .... unit publicist
Philippe Guiraud .... stand-in
Jean-Marc Homand .... production accountant
Jennifer Patrick .... dialogue coach
Fabien Pondevaux .... trainee
Redha .... choreographer
Alain Sarde .... presenter
Natala Sevenants .... stand-in
Brigitte Squara .... trainee
Bruno Vignier .... location manager
Jack Waltzer .... drama coach
Peter Zewald .... legal advisor
 
Crew verified as complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for the strong depiction of a perverse sexual relationship
Runtime:
139 min | Argentina:119 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
One of a number of collaborations of husband and wife, director Roman Polanski and actress Emmanuelle Seigner.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:It's no fun hurting someone who means nothing to you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Denise Et IreneSee more »

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27 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Deep and subject of analysis, 12 August 2003
Author: ruiresende84 (ruiresende84@gmail.com) from Porto, Portugal

I found this film extremely well done for several reasons I will nominate.

It debates some moral issues, how far is it acceptable for a society still full of consevative people, such as the one performed by Hugh Grant, to acept a relationship such as that of the main characters? It is totally at the border of normality (meaning normality not necessarily what's good but what's common). The film also touches strongly the theme of hipocrisie (probably wrong spelled, this word.) once more in the character of Hugh Grant who, despite showing all the time disgut and repugnace for the story he is being told, is always secretly desiring and wanting something equivalent to happen to him (this hipocratic attitude may be the result of growing up in a world and a society where this kind of sexual liberties and practices are repressed and in here once more we are taken to atrong moral issues which take us to rethink the whole thing...).

Apart from this questions this film makes me also think about the relationships between men and women... Is there an everlasting love? or at least an everlasting relationship?... Suddendly I recalled Schopenhauer who claimed that no man could be happy with only one woman... maybe this film is showing that he was right... the pace of the relationship between Mimi and the writer was so high that they just emptied all there possibilities very soon, but if we put that at the scale of a normal marriage, aren't all the possibilities also tried at the end of 10 20 or 30 years? Can a marriage last happy for both till "death tears them apart" ?...

Besides this few topics of discussion (to which I could add some more if I just remembered them right now) I found this film very well directed with some beautiful scenes... also some strongs scenes that stay with us... Excelent performances for the three leading roles... Kristin Scott Thomas is also good in here but not so as in other films also because her somewhat small part in this one didn't allow her to show more than she did. This film proves once more Roman Polansky as one of the greatest directors of our times, since he shows he is totally in control of every detail of direction (I enjoyed the increase of the speed together with the increase of intensity of the relationship among the couple). Good dialogues but specially excelent speeches of the writer whenever he becomes the narrator which is often... Also an excelent note for the soundtrack by Vangelis and other well known songs which appear along. A must see.

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