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The Moon in the Gutter (1983)

La lune dans le caniveau (original title)
R | | Drama | 18 May 1983 (France)
He is a revenge-obssessed stevedore whose sister was brutally raped and murdered. She is a wealthy, elusive woman. They try hard to get together... or do they?

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Jean-Jacques Beineix (scenario), Olivier Mergault (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérard Depardieu ... Gérard Delmas - un docker hanté par le suicide de sa soeur
Nastassja Kinski ... Loretta Channing - une fille des beaux quartiers
Victoria Abril ... Bella - la maîtresse possessive de Gérard
Bertice Reading ... Lola
Gabriel Monnet Gabriel Monnet ... Tom
Dominique Pinon ... Frank - le frère alcoolique de Gérard
Milena Vukotic ... Frieda - une prostituée vieillissante
Vittorio Mezzogiorno ... Newton Channing - le frère à la dérive de Loretta
Bernard Farcy ... Jésus
Anne-Marie Coffinet Anne-Marie Coffinet ... Dora
Jacques Herlin
Guido Alberti Guido Alberti ... Le gardien de la cathédrale
Katya Berger ... Catherine (as Katia Berger)
Rosa Fumetto Rosa Fumetto
Graziano Giusti Graziano Giusti
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Storyline

In Marseilles, a woman commits suicide after she is raped in an alley. Nightly, her brother Gerard broods at the scene hoping to catch the rapist. He lives with his lover Bella whom he neglects, an alcoholic brother who lurks about, and his father who's stayed drunk since the daughter's death, ignoring work and his own companion. At a seedy bar, Gerard meets a wealthy, nihilistic hedonist and his beautiful sister. Gerard flips for her and thinks she's his ticket out of the slum. Bella warns him otherwise and also, in jealousy, sets two thugs on him. Then Gerard thinks he's found his sister's rapist. These emotional crises force Gerard to choose what's most important. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Language:

French

Release Date:

18 May 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Star Gerard Depardieu was unhappy with the finished film and referred to it as "The Film in the Gutter." See more »

Quotes

Tom: A husband, you have to earn it!
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Pre-credits title: "We're born in the gutter ... where the stars gleam in the water." See more »

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The version released theatrically in US was 11 minutes shorter than the original released in France. See more »

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La Lune Dans Le Caniveau : A masterpiece of French cinema which has been unjustly ignored by French critics.
6 October 2014 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

One plausible reason why French critics failed to appreciate the beauty of this film might have something to do with it being a "mood" based film. It must be stated with caution that films with a certain 'mood' take their own time to settle in the minds of viewers. This is one reason why some critics must have failed to interpret "Moon in the gutter" in the right spirit. Jean Jacques Beineix and his screen writing collaborator Olivier Mergault must be congratulated for their realistic depiction of the milieu from which this film's seedy characters come. They give an air of authenticity to an area where one can easily find all types of low lives who do not hesitate a bit to waste their time over petty fights. It is rather a sad feeling to read a lot of negative comments about French director Jean Jacques Beineix's film "Moon in the gutter". The reason for not liking this film could be many as there is no universal agreement about audiences and their tastes. However, it must be remembered that all filmmakers have the right to portray their visions on the big screen in the manner which suits them the best. From this yardstick, nobody has the right to censure Monsieur Beineix for his film which has also been hailed by many critics outside France as a masterpiece.


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