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Story

Unquestionably one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Roman Polanski (Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, The Pianist) turns his talents to the realm of sexual perversity and its emotional toll. While on a Mediterranean cruise, Nigel and Fiona (Hugh Grant and Kristin Scott Thomas) find a young French woman named Mimi (Emmanuelle Seigner) crying in a bathroom. Mimi's paraplegic American husband Oscar (Peter Coyote) forces Nigel to listen to how Oscar and Mimi fell in love--as well as how they discovered kinky erotic games and finally arrived at a curdled, mutual sadism. Bitter Moon veers erratically from salacious erotica to black comedy to clumsy psychodrama, but individual scenes have a definite punch. Coyote chews the scenery with glee, Seigner (Polanski's wife, adding a hint of lurid autobiography) flounders moodily, and Grant seems miscast, but Scott Thomas gives the movie some actual dignity. --Bret Fetzer

Cast

Peter CoyoteOscar
Emmanuelle SeignerMimi
Hugh GrantNigel
Kristin Scott ThomasFiona
Victor BanerjeeMr. Singh
Stockard ChanningBeverly

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Roman Polanski
  • Producer: New Line
  • Length: 138 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMar 11, 1994
    EuropeSep 23, 1992
    AustraliaFeb 25, 1993
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 3, 2003
    EuropeAug 16, 2004
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