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Director:
Writers:
Pascal Bruckner (novel)
Roman Polanski (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
11 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 »
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(35 articles)
Polanski to receive Locarno honour
 (From eyeforfilm.co.uk. 29 July 2014, 7:07 AM, PDT)

Locarno to honour Roman Polanski
 (From ScreenDaily. 28 July 2014, 4:13 AM, PDT)

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User Reviews:
Consuming Passions See more (96 total) »

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: 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:
Mimi:You don't have a right to criticize yourself. It's my privilege.See more »
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Soundtrack:
La MerSee more »

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60 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Consuming Passions, 3 December 1999
Author: Ben Calmes from NAS Ream Field

Roman Polanski again explores the depths of the human psyche in Bitter Moon, a magnificent epic tale of obsessive lust and the oh-so-familiar winding course of a passionate romance gone sour.

Bitter Moon centers around a familiar Polanski theme, that we are capable of being both torturer and victim, and usually both simultaneously. For anyone who doubts the validity of much of the past century of French intellectual thought, from the likes of Andre Gide, Foucault, and others, see this movie. For anyone who has been in a painful twisted relationship, see this movie. You will understand it. Some of it might be hard to stomach but that is the nature of truly great filmmaking.

A beautifully crafted movie, almost lyrical at times, Bitter moon is set in contemporary Paris but is told in a series of long complex flashbacks superbly narrated by Oscar (a terrific Peter Coyote) to Nigel (Hugh Grant as the usual British prat), both passengers on a cruise ship to India. Nigel and his wife Fiona, played by Kirsten Scott-Thomas, are on a holiday to enliven a stable but stale marriage. The couples become embroiled through the lurid tale of Oscar and Mimi's (Emmanuelle Seigner) love affair. Emmanuelle, Polanski's real-life wife, is superb and her incredible performance takes her from sumptuous beauty to complete wreck, a performance that deserves far more praise than was received. The lack of attention to her performance in this movie is no doubt due to the notoriety in the puritanical American press of her husband.

As a whole, Bitter Moon may not be Polanski's best film but some periods of the movie represent his very best work. Throughout, limits are pushed to the brink of tastelessness but Polanski masterfully pulls back just in time. The direction is complex and highly sophisticated and the movie arouses a range of emotions from dread to empathy to disgust to hilarity. The story line is far too complicated to synopsize appropriately in this review. Bitter moon is a great film, one of this reviewer's top 10 for the 1990s. Another must see! A word of caution, however, Bitter Moon is not a good date movie.

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