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Bitter Moon (1992)

After hearing stories of her, a passenger on a cruise ship develops an irresistible infatuation with an eccentric paraplegic's wife.

Director:

Roman Polanski

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Pascal Bruckner (novel), Roman Polanski (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Coyote ... Oscar
Emmanuelle Seigner ... Mimi
Hugh Grant ... Nigel
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Fiona
Victor Banerjee ... Mr. Singh
Sophie Patel Sophie Patel ... Amrita Singh
Patrick Albenque Patrick Albenque ... Steward
Smilja Mihailovitch Smilja Mihailovitch ... Bridge Player
Leo Eckmann Leo Eckmann ... Bridge Player
Luca Vellani Luca Vellani ... Dado
Richard Dieux Richard Dieux ... Partygoer
Danny Wuyts Danny Wuyts ... Bandleader (as Danny Garcy)
Daniel Dhubert Daniel Dhubert ... Bus Inspector
Nathalie Galán Nathalie Galán ... Girl in Boutique (as Nathalie Galan)
Eric Gonzales Eric Gonzales ... Cook
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Storyline

British couple Fiona and Nigel Dobson are sailing to Istanbul en route to India. They encounter a beautiful French woman, and that night Nigel meets her while dancing alone in the ship's bar. Later he meets her crippled American husband Oscar, who tells him their story. While living in Paris for several years trying to be a writer, he becomes obsessed with a woman he met by chance on a bus. He tracks her down and they start a steamy love affair. Soon Oscar finds himself enslaved body and soul by her love, and continues to tell Nigel the details of this relationship in various stages over a number of visits to Oscar's cabin. Written by Sami Al-Taher <staher2000@yahoo.com>

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Taglines:

Haß kann nur gedeihen, wo Liebe ist... [Hatred can only develop when there is love...] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for the strong depiction of a perverse sexual relationship | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 March 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Perversa luna de hiel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,997, 18 March 1994, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,862,805
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based upon Pascal Bruckner's 1981 novel "Lunes de fiel" - a pun on "Lune de miel", the French word for "honeymoon". "Lunes de fiel" literally means "bile moons". See more »

Goofs

At about 1:49 when Mimi takes off her shoes and Oscar has wet himself, the position of the visible shoe on the floor varies between shots (points 180 degrees the other way). See more »

Quotes

Oscar: [Mimi is eating croissants and drinking milk straight from the bottle] Do you have to drink it that way? Why can't you use a glass ?
Mimi: Whats the difference it tastes the same ?
Oscar: It doesn't look the same.
Mimi: Ola la I didn't know you were so delicate.
Oscar: What do you mean delicate ?
Mimi: I mean delicate.
Oscar: I know what you mean but it's just not the right word in English. If you don't know the right word in English say it in French.
Mimi: I don't say it in French because your French isn't good enough.
Oscar: It's better than ...
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eerie life, arcane love
21 March 2004 | by strindbergmanSee all my reviews

when i first saw this movie in 1992 i found it shocking by its erotic scenes and burn-out love story. i noticed it was a good movie, but that was the end of the story.

now i bought it in dvd and saw it for the 2nd time. it's a masterpiece.

everything blends perfectly in this film: 1990's paris, the colours of the film (etalonage), the excellent vangelis's music score, the evolution of a love story, the roles played by the 2 couples...

emmanuelle seigner is great playing the role of a nymph and a sorcerer, peter coyote is magnificent playing the part of a regular guy who gets insane, hugh grant becomes a perfect boring middle-class british bourgeois and kristin scott thomas her discreet wife looking for action.

one of the best amour-fou stories, along with louis malle's "damage". as rui wrote before, a must see.


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