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Bliss (1997)

A newly married happy couple visits a sex therapist to determine why the wife can't achieve an orgasm with her husband. This causes a horrific suppressed memory to emerge and she becomes more and more distant.


Lance Young


Lance Young
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Sheffer ... Joseph
Sheryl Lee ... Maria
Terence Stamp ... Baltazar
Casey Siemaszko ... Tanner
Spalding Gray ... Alfred
Leigh Taylor-Young ... Redhead
Lois Chiles ... Eva
Blu Mankuma ... Nick
Ken Camroux-Taylor ... Hank (as Ken Camroux)
Pamela Perry Pamela Perry ... Dottie
Eli Gabay Eli Gabay ... Carlos
Molly Parker ... Connie
Hiro Kanagawa ... Doctor
Merrilyn Gann ... Motel Woman
Gillian Barber ... Therapist


A provocative drama about sex, love, and trust, Bliss concerns Joseph and Maria, a young married couple whose relationship is in serious trouble. While they love each other, she has difficulty opening up to him, and, after six months of marriage, he makes the unhappy discovery that she's been unable to have an orgasm with him (though she's been willing to let him think otherwise). At work, he and his co-workers notice a steady stream of beautiful women visiting an apartment across the street; the scuttlebutt around the office is that some sort of shady sex therapist works out of the building. One day, Joseph is shocked to see Maria visiting the apartment, and he bursts in and demands to know what's happening. The apartment does indeed house an unlicensed sex therapist, who goes by the name of Balthazar, and, before long, Joseph realizes that his teachings are about the mind as much as the body, and that he's less concerned with orgasm than with "bliss," which he considers an emotional... Written by Anonymous

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Love is only the beginning.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic sex scenes with strong sex-related dialogue, and for language | See all certifications »

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Maria: I have had orgasms, just not with you.
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Crazy Credits

Special Thanks to INDIA. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some more explicit shots were omitted from the sex scenes to earn an "R" rating, replacing the MPAA's previous "NC-17" rating. See more »


I've Been Working On You
Performed by The Feminine Complex
Written by Mindy Dalton
Published by Alpine Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Teenbeat o/b/o Athena Records by arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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User Reviews

Getting to the bottom of the wife's sexual problems.
25 June 2001 | by hanz_ofbyotchSee all my reviews

O, man. Okay, first off I'm gonna just admit to you all here that I have a similar problem to one addressed in the film, a wife who by nature (or genetics or abuse, who knows) isn't very interested in sex. So, I got this movie for some insight cuz I can't afford a shrink. After watching this movie over and over, I'm no better off than when I started. My ultimate conclusion is that the film IS entertaining; Terence Stamp is one of the most interesting characters I've seen in a film. But the main thing that threw me off was there was something about half way through the film where it makes fun of itself...there is a montage of short scenes set to music where they show the patient going through the doctors exercises, and they set it up comical. If this film was made to make us aware of the tantric (hence the title BLISS), this part shoots the film in the foot. Also, Sheryl Lee over acts sometimes and I know she's playing a psycho but it served to throw my mind off again into thinking we're getting off track here. There was also something about the film that made it hard to follow. One of my fellow reviewers here said it was hard to watch and that is true. Like I said, I watched it repeatedly and I would be at work or something thinking about the film and there would be these big blank spots. I'd come home and go over these spots again and I'd still be like "uh....???".

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Release Date:

14 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,547, 8 June 1997

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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