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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 »


Andrew Birkin




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 ... 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


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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Drama | Romance

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

Did You Know?


In a 2008 interview, Greta Scacchi said she spent most of her early acting career playing femmes fatales and taking her clothes off on screen. She had agreed to nude scenes only because they were demanded by the script as necessary and by the box office to attract audiences. Also, if she had said no, she wouldn't have worked. But after she gave birth to her first child, fathered by co-star D'Onofrio while making Desire, studios stopped asking her to perform nude. See more »


[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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String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor, Opus 131
By Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Camerata Academica Salzburg (as Camerata Academica Mozarteum Salzburg)
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Very worth seeing yet it takes some life experience to sink in it
27 May 2005 | by ella_bewdSee all my reviews

If you are looking for a movie with a prudent life lesson or just a "happy end/justice to all" thing or an ordinary chick flick, than you might want to go back to Maid In Manhattan's...

It takes some life experience to let the beauty of this movie sink in... and by that I mean - no judgment, simply going for the essence, which ultimately has to be love.

Why am I submitting this comment 13 years after the movie's release and 5 years since I've seen it first? Because they are timeless occasions in life, so common in this new internet/long distance dating era, in which this story reveals that you really don't need to always have it all, the socially acceptable and expected full packaged "life together" deal in order to feel the true love and happiness.

This love story gives hope to those, that haven't had the luck to spend their happily ever after with a person they love and respect the most. Why it didn't happen between the main protagonists, might be the discussion point to the crew that gets their answers by judging other people's choices.

For the rest of us that crave simply feeling alive, loving and loved, the storyline (not perfectly done and not perfectly acted) offers the wealth of thinking beyond the compromise and the white picket fence. Upliftng, hopeful, giving and enriching for what it is - a treasure that can happen in one's lifetime.

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Release Date:

17 September 1992 (Germany) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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