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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.

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Oscar
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Mimi
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Nigel
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Fiona
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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
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Beverly (uncredited)

Directed by

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Roman Polanski

Written by

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Pascal Bruckner ... (novel "Lunes de Fiel")
 
Roman Polanski ... (screenplay) &
Gérard Brach ... (screenplay) (as Gerard Brach) &
John Brownjohn ... (screenplay)
 
Jeff Gross ... (script collaboration)

Produced by

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Robert Benmussa ... executive producer
Roman Polanski ... producer
Alain Sarde ... co-producer
Timothy Burrill ... co-producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Vangelis

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Tonino Delli Colli ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Hervé de Luze ... (as Herve De Luze)

Editorial Department

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Nadia Ben Rachid ... assistant editor
Caroline Coudin ... assistant editor
Glenn Cunningham ... associate editor
Yvan Lucas ... color grader

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Willy Holt
Gérard Viard ... (as Gerard Viard)

Costume Design by

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Jackie Budin

Makeup Department

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Loli Avellanas ... hair stylist (as Lolita Avellanas)
Alain Bernard ... hair stylist
Sophie Harvey ... makeup artist
Didier Lavergne ... makeup artist

Production Management

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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

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Eric Bartonio ... first assistant director
Emanuel Booz ... second assistant director (as Emmanuel Booz)
Patrick Boshart ... second assistant director
Mishka Cheyko ... first assistant director (as Michel Cheyko)
Anne Trinquelle ... second assistant director

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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

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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

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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
David Ford ... senior technician: model unit (uncredited)

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Jean-Louis Airola ... stunt coordinator

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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
Damien Bret ... electrician (uncredited)
Alex Howe ... focus puller: sfx unit (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Alberte Garo ... crowd casting
Françoise Menidrey ... casting: France
Mary Selway ... casting: UK
Bonnie Timmermann ... casting: USA (as Bonnie Timmerman)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ann Dunsford ... wardrobe master (as Anne Dunsford-Varenne)
Laurent Ferrie ... tailor
Gerard Staub ... dresser

Location Management

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Bruno Vignier ... location manager

Music Department

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Philippe Colonna ... music mixer / music recordist
Frédéric Rousseau ... music mixer / music recordist
Vangelis ... musician

Transportation Department

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Gilles Saulnier ... driver

Other crew

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Sylvette Baudrot ... continuity
Aude Boedec ... production secretary
Jean-Pierre Bonnet ... production accountant
Dennis Davidson ... publicity campaign
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
Jack Waltzer ... drama coach
Peter Zewald ... legal advisor
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Plot Summary

British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson 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, 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 a number of visits to Oscar's cabin. Written by Sami Al-Taher

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Taglines Haß kann nur gedeihen, wo Liebe ist... [Hatred can only develop when there is love...] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Lunes de fiel (France)
  • Lunas de hiel (Spain)
  • Perversa luna de hiel (Chile)
  • Горькая луна (Russia)
  • Bitter måne (Denmark)
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Runtime
  • 139 min
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Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia James Woods was cast in the Peter Coyote part but dropped out. See more »
Goofs In the scene when Mimi cuts her hair for the first time and bakes a Turkey for Oscar, he is wearing the same turtle necked blue sweater that was ripped off with a razor blade during a previous sex game. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Fever See more »
Quotes Oscar: What happened to your dance classes?
Mimi: Dancing has to come from the heart.
Oscar: So?
Mimi: My heart is broken.
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