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Writers (WGA):
John Hawkes (novel)
Belinda Haas (screenplay) ...
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Cyril and Fiona are a long-married couple who travel to an unnamed tropical coastal town to follow their sexual fantasies... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Charles Dance ... Cyril

Colin Lane ... Hugh

Sheryl Lee ... Fiona

Laila Robins ... Catherine

Rachael Bella ... Meredith
Aida López ... Rosella

Directed by
Philip Haas 
Writing credits
John Hawkes (novel "The Blood Oranges")

Belinda Haas (screenplay) &
Philip Haas (screenplay)

Produced by
Tom Carouso .... producer
Chris Daniel .... executive producer
Belinda Haas .... producer
Philip Haas .... producer
Héctor López .... producer
Patrick McDarrah .... executive producer
Joel Roodman .... executive producer
Barry Schindel .... executive producer
George Sweney .... associate producer
Charlie Vogel .... associate producer
Original Music by
Angelo Badalamenti 
Cinematography by
Bernard Zitzermann 
Film Editing by
Belinda Haas 
Casting by
Olivia Harris 
Phyllis Huffman 
Production Design by
Paul Brown 
Art Direction by
Enrique Echeverría 
Costume Design by
Paul Brown 
Makeup Department
Evelyne Byot .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Tamra Raven .... production manager
Héctor López .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ignacio Decerega .... assistant director
Alberto Muffelmann .... second assistant director
Art Department
Adriana Aimo .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Gary C. Bourgeois .... re-recording mixer
Nancy Cabrera .... foley artist
Stuart Emanuel .... adr editor
Wendy Hedin .... supervising sound editor
George A. Lara .... foley mixer
Angela Organ .... assistant sound editor
Steven Simons .... foley engineer
Susumu Tokunow .... sound
Dan Evans Farkas .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ricardo Arvizu .... dolly grip
Casting Department
David H. Kramer .... adr voice casting
Editorial Department
Kathy LaCommare .... associate editor
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
Location Management
Lily Flaschner .... location manager
Music Department
Andrew Barrett .... orchestrator
Annette Kudrak .... music editor
Transportation Department
Ricardo Díaz Avilés .... transportation captain (as Ricardo Díaz)
Other crew
Elsa Hermoso .... production auditor
Carol Juk .... production office coordinator
George Sweney .... production auditor

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Rated R for strong sexual content
93 min
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
This is actually a good film., 29 September 2006
Author: legumes9 from United States

I have seen in various places negative comments about this film, but I found it engaging and well done. The characters are complex,interesting,human, and don't fit the usual stereotypes. The situation is not at all formulaic. I can see how some people may not get this film, or may be turned off or threatened by the subject matter, which has to do with people exploring alternative forms of intimate relationships, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. The acting is very good, especially Charles Dance - plus you get to see him sans clothing a few times, if you like that kind of thing, which I do. Sheryl Lee is kind of an odd actress, and it's kind of an odd character. The narrative, told from Cyril's point of view, goes back and forth in time, and the way it's structured creates a mystery that hints at tragedy. Cyril is a fascinating character, seemingly laid back, but you get a sense he's controlling everything under the surface. Wonderfully nuanced acting from Charles Dance. The film has tons of one my favorite things - moral ambiguity. Is it really Illyria, or is it Cyril's little kingdom - and does it matter? Now I want to read the book to dig further into the many layers of the story and characters.

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