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Bitter Moon (1992)

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After hearing stories of her, a passenger on a cruise ship develops an irresistible infatuation with an eccentric paraplegic's wife.

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Pascal Bruckner (novel), Roman Polanski (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Coyote ... Oscar
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Mimi
Hugh Grant ... Nigel
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Fiona
Victor Banerjee ... Mr. Singh
Sophie Patel Sophie Patel ... Amrita Singh
Patrick Albenque ... Steward
Smilja Mihailovitch Smilja Mihailovitch ... Bridge Player
Leo Eckmann Leo Eckmann ... Bridge Player
Luca Vellani Luca Vellani ... Dado
Richard Dieux Richard Dieux ... Partygoer
Danny Wuyts Danny Wuyts ... Bandleader (as Danny Garcy)
Daniel Dhubert Daniel Dhubert ... Bus Inspector
Nathalie Galán Nathalie Galán ... Girl in Boutique (as Nathalie Galan)
Eric Gonzales Eric Gonzales ... Cook
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Storyline

British couple Fiona (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas) and Nigel (Hugh Grant) are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman, and that night, Nigel meets her while dancing alone in the ship's bar. Later, he meets her crippled American husband Oscar (Peter Coyote), who tells him their story. While living in Paris for several years trying to be a writer, he becomes obsessed with a woman he met by chance on a bus. He tracks her down and they start a steamy love affair. Soon, Oscar finds himself enslaved body and soul by her love, and continues to tell Nigel the details of this relationship in various stages over several visits to Oscar's cabin. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Some lovers never know when to stop... See more »


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Rated R for the strong depiction of a perverse sexual relationship | See all certifications »

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This movie was based upon Pascal Bruckner's 1981 novel "Lunes de fiel" - a pun on "Lune de miel", the French word for "honeymoon". "Lunes de fiel" literally means "bile moons". See more »

Goofs

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

Oscar: We were developing a narcotic dependence on television - the marital aid that enables a couple to endure each other, without having to talk.
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References Blood for Dracula (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Slave To Love
Written by Bryan Ferry (as Brian Ferry)
Performed by Danny Wuyts (as Danny Garcy)
Under Licence From Virgin Music
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Polanski doing what he does best
21 March 2005 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Bitter Moon once again sees the master of the macabre, Roman Polanski, doing what he does best. With echoes of his earlier film 'Knife in the Water', Bitter Moon is a story of lust, revenge, betrayal, dependency and most of all; love, wrapped tightly around a coil of taboos and sexual perversions. While not as good as some of Polanski's other works, Bitter Moon still stands out as a highlight of his filmography and is certainly a lot better than many people have reputed it to be. The film follows two very different couples on a cruise ship; An English couple, Nigel and Fiona and an American cripple, Oscar, who is married to the French seductress Mimi. After meeting Mimi in the ship's bar, Nigel becomes entranced by her and later meets her husband and proceeds to learn his and wife's story...and it's not exactly pretty. With this movie, Polanski has obliterated the barriers of decency, and sometimes even makes you, the viewer, uncomfortable due to the goings on. And that's the mark of someone that knows how to handle his audience!

The acting in the movie really is first rate and there isn't a weak link there, especially not within the four leads. I'm no fan of Hugh Grant, in fact I hate the man, but he's exactly the right casting choice for this movie and it's almost a shame that he went on to make lots of rubbish movies after it. The two women, played by Kristin Scott Thomas and Emmanuelle Seigner are well done in terms of the characters and the acting, but it is Peter Coyote who steals the show as the abominable Oscar. His character in this film is the sort that actors can really get their teeth into, and Coyote bites down hard in this movie. Polanski's direction is excellent as usual and the gritty style mixed with the great director's edgy camera-work help to create a claustrophobic environment that allows Polanski to perfectly portray his characters' mindset. The themes on display are impressive, and in spite of the fact that it oversteps the mark on several occasions, Polanski's film always feels real and the lesson in the love that the film teaches is duly noted. Bitter Moon is a film that will get under your skin and stay there and not only that but there's enough happening to ensure that this is always a fun watch. Recommended viewing.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

France | UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,997, 20 March 1994

Gross USA:

$1,862,805

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,862,805
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Dolby Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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