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The Blood Oranges (1997)

R | | Drama | October 1998 (USA)
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Cyril and Fiona are a long-married couple who travel to an unnamed tropical coastal town to follow their sexual fantasies. There they meet another couple, Catherine, Hugh and their three ... See full summary »

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Philip Haas

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John Hawkes (novel), Belinda Haas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Charles Dance ... Cyril
Colin Lane ... Hugh
Sheryl Lee ... Fiona
Laila Robins ... Catherine
Rachael Bella ... Meredith
Aida López ... Rosella
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Cyril and Fiona are a long-married couple who travel to an unnamed tropical coastal town to follow their sexual fantasies. There they meet another couple, Catherine, Hugh and their three children. Hugh is a photographer who specializes in nude photographs of peasant women. The Cyril/Catherine and Hugh/Fiona relationships start. Written by Anonymous

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Every pleasure has its price.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fantasias e Mistérios See more »

Filming Locations:

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This is actually a good film.
29 September 2006 | by legumes9See all my reviews

I have seen in various places negative comments about this film, but I found it engaging and well done. The characters are complex,interesting,human, and don't fit the usual stereotypes. The situation is not at all formulaic. I can see how some people may not get this film, or may be turned off or threatened by the subject matter, which has to do with people exploring alternative forms of intimate relationships, sometimes successfully, sometimes not. The acting is very good, especially Charles Dance - plus you get to see him sans clothing a few times, if you like that kind of thing, which I do. Sheryl Lee is kind of an odd actress, and it's kind of an odd character. The narrative, told from Cyril's point of view, goes back and forth in time, and the way it's structured creates a mystery that hints at tragedy. Cyril is a fascinating character, seemingly laid back, but you get a sense he's controlling everything under the surface. Wonderfully nuanced acting from Charles Dance. The film has tons of one my favorite things - moral ambiguity. Is it really Illyria, or is it Cyril's little kingdom - and does it matter? Now I want to read the book to dig further into the many layers of the story and characters.


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