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The Moon in the Gutter (1983)

La lune dans le caniveau (original title)
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 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 »

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France See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After completing the director's cut of Betty Blue (1986), Jean-Jacques Beineix approached Gaumont with a request that he do the same thing for The Moon in the Gutter (1983). The studio however informed Beineix that all the unused scenes from the film had been destroyed. Beineix has said that the original cut of the film was 4 hours long. See more »

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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 introverted family member of Diva
11 June 2015 | by tony_le_stephanoisSee all my reviews

La lune dans le caniveau is definitely different in comparison to director Beineix's much more straightforward crime film Diva (1981). It is more like an introverted, dramatic family member. We observe a man who tries to deal with his mistress and his alcoholic brother, and wants revenge for the death of his sister. Is this story very interesting? I wouldn't say so. Most scenes are long and tedious (the film has a two hour runtime). Only real fans of either Beineix or the actors will keep their concentration until the very end.

The pleasure for the viewer lies elsewhere: the stylistic, colorful cinematography. The film has playful use of lights EVERYWHERE. It is visually incredibly detailed for a film from begin 80's, which were usually bleak on purpose. Both films from Beineix, Diva and this one, weren't praised for its renewal. On the contrary: they were equally bashed by the critics. Style over substance, they said. Which, as an argument about film, seems always ridiculous to me. Isn't cinema BY DEFINITION about style? It is not a book on screen, after all. How is a film as 8 1/2 not style over substance?

While I'll think Beineix was quite adventurous with his colorful style, perhaps even ahead of its time, as films have become more style over substance ever since (take for example V for vendetta, Spring Breakers, Ixjana, City of lost children, The strange color of your body's tears). Also quite modern are these out of the ordinary female characters, played wonderfully by Victoria Abril and Natassja Kinski. Depardieu's acting perhaps seems a bit shallow but he is in fact right in tone with the introverted style of the film. This was a period (begin 80's) in which he excelled in playing lead characters (Danton, Le chevre, Le dernier métro, Buffet froid). I rate this film 7/10. Despite the visual feast, I'm just too impatient to enjoy a film at such a slow pace. An one-hour cut would do magic for this film.


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