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Desire (1992)

Salt on Our Skin (original title)
A Scottish woman who attends school in Paris comes home for the summer and helps take in the straw, where she meets an attractive and simple man. They begin a torrid affair despite the ... See full summary »

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Andrew Birkin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Scacchi ... George
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Gavin
Anaïs Jeanneret Anaïs Jeanneret ... Frédérique
Hanns Zischler ... Sidney
Barbara Jones Barbara Jones ... Ellen
Rolf Illig ... George's Father
Petra Berndt Petra Berndt ... Jodie
László I. Kish ... Angus (as László Kish)
Shirley Henderson ... Mary
Sandra Voe Sandra Voe ... Gavin's Mother
Claudine Auger ... George's Mother
Charles Berling ... Roger
Gene D'Onofrio Gene D'Onofrio ... Gavin's Father
Philip Pretten Philip Pretten ... Al
Shawn Provender Shawn Provender ... Daniel, 6 Years Old
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Storyline

A Scottish woman who attends school in Paris comes home for the summer and helps take in the straw, where she meets an attractive and simple man. They begin a torrid affair despite the differences in their lifestyles. He asks her to marry him but she refuses, and they continue their separate lives but also continue their affair through the years, loving each other despite their differences. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

Germany | Canada | France

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 September 1992 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Desire See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stars Greta Scacchi and Vincent D'Onofrio were romantically involved at the time of the filming. Their daughter Leila George D'Onofrio, was born in March 1992. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
George: I'm standing without you, on the bridge of the boat, cutting its way into the black night towards the end of the world.
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Soundtracks

Bailero
from Chantes d'Auvergne
By Joseph Canteloube
Performed by Arleen Augér and the English Chamber Orchestra
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The grandmother of all chick flicks
28 October 2003 | by George ParkerSee all my reviews

Released as "Desire" on DVD, this flick is a love story about an unlikely pair of star-crossed lovers; he a humble Scottish fisherman (D'Onofrio) and she a capricious intellectual (Sacchi). The difference between male and female scores on IMDB.com makes this film out to be the grandmother of all chick flicks even though the film gives no good reason why two such very different protagonists would even be able to get along much less love one another from afar sustained only by periodic trysts over a couple of decades. In spite of the tenuous and somewhat contrived plot, the film does have a story to tell about a woman who learns the meaning of true love while the film begs the question; is it too late? One for the ladies, not for the laddies. (B-)


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