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

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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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RIP Jason K.
26 February 2021 | by sxsxndnfSee all my reviews

On the morning November 26th, 2019, my parents found their son, and my youngest brother dead to his addiction to "bliss."

To be clear; I didn't want to watch this film. I'm glad I did. My brother was an alcoholic and a drug addict for the better part of 13 years, starting not long after he graduated high school. He had long a beautiful seasons of sobriety during this time. But most of these years were ruled fraught with relapse, jail, court, broken hearts, and cautiously optimistic hope.

In his last trip into the land of bliss, not long before his death, meth had truly taken him to different worlds, though I must say here that none of them struck me as anything more than a nightmare.

I'm not sure that the world Jason sought looked like the one in this movie, but I know he first traveled there to escape the pain he felt deep inside. Loss of child hood friends, contemplating his own identity as an adopted son (With us from birth mind you), and the battle in his own mind as a baby carried to term by a drug addict herself.

Along with my tribute, I'll add that I'm grateful to have seen a glimpse of what his world might have been like. It was terrible and helpful. This movie is unsettling every step of the way if you love someone who is or was battling an addiction. You'll probably only watch this once, or maybe never. But there is no doubting that it was a worthy venture to tell a difficult story that resembles the lives of those trapped by drugs and maybe even more importantly, us who live as ghosts in the lives of those we love. Sorry to anyone else who knows this pain.

Love you. Miss you. D.

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5 February 2021 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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