A mind-bending love story following Greg who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel, a woman living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is a computer simulation.


Mike Cahill


Mike Cahill
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Owen Wilson ... Greg Wittle
Salma Hayek ... Isabel Clemens
Nesta Cooper ... Emily Wittle
Jorge Lendeborg Jr. ... Arthur Wittle
Ronny Chieng ... Kendo
Steve Zissis ... Bjorn
Joshua Leonard ... Cameron (as Josh Leonard)
Madeline Zima ... Doris
Bill Nye ... Chris
Slavoj Zizek ... Slavoj Zizek
DeRon Horton ... Liang
Eugene Young ... Bartender
Dayne Catalano ... Fast Food Clerk
Adam William Zastrow Adam William Zastrow ... Dougie
Lora Lee ... Destiny


Bliss is a mind-bending love story following Greg (Owen Wilson) who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel (Salma Hayek), a woman living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is just a computer simulation. Doubtful at first, Greg eventually discovers there may be some truth to Isabel's wild conspiracy.

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Chase something real.


Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content, language, some sexual material and violence | See all certifications »

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[first lines]
Greg Wittle: [narrating] I have a picture in my head of a place. Home. A woman. I don't know if any of it is real. But it has a feeling. And the feeling's real.
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You and I
Written by Will Bates
Performed by Will Bates featuring Skye Edwards
Courtesy of Fall on Your Sword
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Really Great Ideas With A Passing Execution.
6 February 2021 | by Golden_HopeSee all my reviews

This film has so many interesting ideas but i found that it doesn't really follow all of them though.

I'm pretty confused at the low score and how badly it is being panned by critics.

I thought the acting was pretty good and i was really interested in these characters. Which is where i think some of the issue are found.

I think this film needed to take a step back from the sci-fi elements. They are very sparse but are there enough to hinder the true storyline. If i am being honest i think the whole 2nd act needed retooling. It was like a brick wall that the movie just slammed into. And then it just sort of slogged along. Once again i thought 'oh this is interesting' but then it just like stalled and i sat around thinking what is this movie now. It kind of gets its momentum back in the 3rd act but i think the 1st is where this movie shines.

This movie is also great at visual storytelling. The production design, costuming and make up all work so well. It allows you to understand what the film is trying to say before the film explicitly tells you and i though that was really good.

I honestly think this movie could have been great but it just got its self bogged down with the sci-fi part and trying to trick? the audience.

I think it held its cards too close to its chest but i think the twist is blatantly clear from literally the first scene. This isn't a bad thing at all. I think it would have been better letting us view this world though the lens of us knowing twist from the beginning. I think that would have been a much more interesting and very eye opening character and subject study.

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Release Date:

5 February 2021 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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2.39 : 1
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