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Release Date:
18 March 1994 (USA) See more »
Haß kann nur gedeihen, wo Liebe ist... [Hatred can only develop when there is love...]
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  (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
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
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
Dennis Davidson .... Publicity campaign
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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Rated R for the strong depiction of a perverse sexual relationship
139 min | Argentina:119 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Oscar:She's a man-trap! Look what she did to me!See more »
Never Can Say Good ByeSee more »


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52 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
eerie life, arcane love, 21 March 2004
Author: strindbergman from spain

when i first saw this movie in 1992 i found it shocking by its erotic scenes and burn-out love story. i noticed it was a good movie, but that was the end of the story.

now i bought it in dvd and saw it for the 2nd time. it's a masterpiece.

everything blends perfectly in this film: 1990's paris, the colours of the film (etalonage), the excellent vangelis's music score, the evolution of a love story, the roles played by the 2 couples...

emmanuelle seigner is great playing the role of a nymph and a sorcerer, peter coyote is magnificent playing the part of a regular guy who gets insane, hugh grant becomes a perfect boring middle-class british bourgeois and kristin scott thomas her discreet wife looking for action.

one of the best amour-fou stories, along with louis malle's "damage". as rui wrote before, a must see.

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