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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.

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Lance Young

Writer:

Lance Young
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Cast

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
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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.

Genres:

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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Quotes

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 »


Soundtracks

You Don't Own Me
Written by John Madara (as John Madera) & Dave White
Performed by Lesley Gore
Published by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Mercury Records by arrangement with PolyGram Film and Television Licensing
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beautiful
6 June 2004 | by plantwaterSee all my reviews

I truly enjoyed this movie. I rented it to watch alone, my wife out of town for the weekend, and I am definitely going to get her to watch it with me when she comes home. There were a few scenes that strained my ability to believe, such as when the main character would attempt to advise strangers, but they ended up really just providing humorous relief. I can't really imagine the modern practice of Balthazar's profession as presented in this movie, but everything else was intuitively spot-on. The movie is erotic, but even more importantly, it is a richly layered love story, one that I personally, really became invested in emotionally. There aren't too many movies that focus on the relationship within marriage, and give powerful hope for the unimaginable possibilities within it. Bliss definitely does this. It's very real, and I thought the acting was excellent. Perhaps I'm easily moved, but I found myself sitting close to the screen, fully emotionally locked into the script. My grade? A-


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 April 1997 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$54,547, 8 June 1997

Gross USA:

$294,064

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$294,064
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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