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Release Date: March 18, 1994

Starring: Peter Coyote, Emmanuelle Siegner, Hugh Grant, & Kristin Scott Thomas

Genre: Erotic drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 139 minutes

Distributor: Fine Line Features

Director: Roman Polanski

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Producer: Roman Polanski

Writer: Roman Polanski, Gerard Brach & John Brownjohn

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Content:

(NA, LL, NNN, SSS, M) Neo-paganism; 15 obscenities & 10 profanities; extensive male & female nudity; extremely graphic sexual situations, sadomasochism & lots of graphic descriptions of perverse sexual acts; and, voyeurism & fetishism.

Summary:

BITTER MOON is a fatuously empty expose of a quintessentially sexually staid British couple's encounter with a libertine American and his equally licentious Parisian wife. Set upon a cruise ship, this overly written, sexually confused piece of voyeurism sails into the dirty waters of sexual perversion and its ensuing destructive consequences.

Review:

BITTER MOON is an empty expose of a staid British couple's encounter with a libertine American and his licentious wife. Set upon a cruise ship, this overly written, confused piece of voyeurism sails into the dirty waters of sexual perversion and its destructive consequences. Nigel and Fiona are on a cruise to Bombay. They meet Mimi and Oscar. Oscar, a failed writer, confined to a wheelchair, and Mimi, a wounded princess, peak Nigel's interest. Oscar warns Nigel about flirting with his wife. Oscar then tells how he met Mimi, detailing their sexual intimacies. After Nigel hears the story, his desire for Mimi grows into unquenchable passion. Nigel tries to kiss Mimi, and she refuses. Then, Fiona dances seductively with Mimi. The two women leave for Mimi's cabin. When Nigel rushes to Mimi's room, he finds his wife in bed with the seductress. Next, Oscar shoots Mimi, then commits suicide. At the end, Nigel and Fiona hold each other, wrapped in utter confusion.

A more twisted view of love, sex and marital relationships would be hard to find. Aside from its base perversion, BITTER MOON suffers from overwritten, sometimes laughable, dialogue and a stiff mechanical performance by Peter Coyote. Its view of marriage and human relationships is morally bankrupt. One should neither waste one's money, time nor moral sensibility on this empty work

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