Bitter Moon (Blu-ray)
A kinky voyage with a full head of steam.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 19 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region A
- Released: May 21, 2019
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: KL Studio Classics
- Note: Audio Commentary by Film Historian Troy Howarth
- Interview with star Peter Coyote
- Theatrical Trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Peter Coyote, Emmanuelle Seigner, Hugh Grant & Kristin Scott Thomas|
|Performer:||Victor Banerjee & Stockard Channing|
|Directed by||Roman Polanski|
|Edited by||Hervé de Luze|
|Screenplay by||Roman Polanski, Gérard Brach & John Brownjohn|
|Produced by||Roman Polanski|
|Director of Photography:||Tonino Delli Colli|
|Executive Production by||Robert Benmussa|
Again, Polanski gives us a deliciously bitter, moonstruck tale of love and sex and revenge and blood, and even the possibility of redemption. Full Review
Rich and darkly disturbing, it's also wickedly entertaining. Full Review
Bitter Moon is half-digested and grossly undramatised, a loop-tape of explanations and voiceover; the longer it goes on, the more it drains our interest away.
Rating: 2.5/4 -- This examination of the perils of obsessive love operates best as a sly, sick joke, with Coyote particularly reveling in his role as the manipulative sadist. Full Review
Rating: 2/5 -- Deliberately provocative, infuriatingly melodramatic, this is a film that begs not to be taken seriously, and requires a ready suspension of moral discernment for maximum enjoyment. Full Review
It's a matter of some dispute whether Roman Polanski's letter to the darker side of the romantic impulse, but there's little question that this is his most emotionally complex movie. Full Review
Recklessly perched on the edge of the ludicrous, this examination of a destructive erotic passion unfolds with an unsettling mixture of steam and mordant iron. Full Review
On a cruise to Istanbul in celebration of their seventh wedding anniversary, uptight British couple Nigel (Hugh Grant) and Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas) encounter American expatriate Oscar (Peter Coyote), a wheelchair-bound unpublished novelist traveling with his young French wife, Mimi (Emmanuelle Seigner). Nigel is immediately drawn to the sexy but distant Mimi, and Oscar, sensing the other man's fascination with his wife, takes him aside to recount in exhibitionistic detail the sordid tale of their once-passionate love affair, which gradually deteriorated into a series of increasingly sadistic and degrading sex games. In flashback scenes, it soon becomes clear that the self-serving Oscar represents the corrosive element in the couple's relationship--though the tables will eventually be turned. BITTER MOON provides several jarring twists, the last of which is especially unexpected, and no one escapes unscathed from this titillating yet excruciating menage-à-quatre. Polanski's erotic melodrama received mixed reviews but earned ardent praise from fans who appreciated the filmmaker's return to the themes (first treated in 1962's KNIFE IN THE WATER) of dark sexuality and thinly veiled violence in intimate relationships.
A man whose torrid love affair with a younger woman has left him crippled and bitter tells his story of sexual obsession and dissolution to a stuffy Englishman aboard a luxury liner.
- Theatrical release: March 18, 1994 (released in Europe in 1992).
- This was director-actor-screenwriter Polanski's first film in four years--since making FRANTIC in 1988. It previewed at the Odeon Haymarket theater in London, August 12, 1992, and was screened at the 1992 Edinburgh and San Sebastian Film Festivals.
- Actress Emmanuelle Seigner, who plays Mimi, is married to Roman Polanski.