PASSION OF MIND
Distortion of Reality
Release Date: May 26, 2000
Starring: Demi Moore, Stellan Skarsgaard
& William Fichtner
Genre: Romantic thriller
Audience: Older teenagers & adults
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Classics
Director: Alain Berliner
Executive Producer: Gary Lucchesi & Richard S.
Producer: Ronald Bass & Carole Scotta
Writer: Ron Bass & David Field
Address Comments To:Paramount Classics
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Phone: (323) 956-2000
Fax: (323) 862-1103
Marie Talridge spends time with her two daughters in the French countryside, that is, until she falls asleep. Each morning she awakens to find herself in one of two worlds: France or New York. She confides to her close friend, Kim, of her dreams in which she is an executive in New York. Each day she describes in detail what has happened that "day." Kim takes Marie to see a therapist, who diagnoses Marie as a split personality. The therapist contends that her life in New York is a nocturnal fantasy she has of a career and a fast-paced single life.
Virtually the same diagnosis is given to her as Marty, a literary executive amid the bustling backdrop of New York, by her therapist there. He tells her that her fantasy of living in France is a sign of an overworked woman who is yearning for a family. Her mind clouded by her past, she lives out each of the lives as though they were true.
Things change, however, when she finds love in both of these lives. William, a writer who sweeps Marie off her feet, loves her and her children deeply. He romances her, telling her his desire to make love to her. Having been alone since she was widowed, she eventually succumbs to William. Soon after, back in New York, Marty is quite shaken about how her relationship with William is, and relies on her friend, Aaron Reilly, for his friendship. Aaron is clear about wanting to get to know her better, and she confides in him about her life in France and about William.
Marie tells William as well, and eventually trouble begins to brew in both worlds. William is jealous, and asks about the "other man." Aaron, although he already knows about William, tells Marty that he could never have children with her because of her other life. In bizarre fashion with a few twists, Marie/Marty eventually discovers the truth, though she risks losing one of her lovers.
This story, though it sounds complicated, was not hard to follow. The idea of a person thinking they are "living" two lives in two different countries, however, may be a little hard to grasp. This is not because it seems paranormal, but because of the clear depiction of Moore’s character transferring in and out of the fantasy life like clockwork (waking up each morning in a different world). Though the reality of both worlds is strong, there is no link of spiritism or magic to the process, but a matter of psychosis.
PASSION OF MIND, though entertaining in its originality, was like reading a fantasy romance novel. A woman gets caught up in a dream, so much so that she cannot distinguish it from reality. One world she can control, and when she is confronted with facing the truth, it is obvious that she doesn’t want to give up that world. Despite its interesting story, PASSION OF MIND is marred by partial nudity, depictions of fornication and some foul language.
PASSION OF MIND, though entertaining in its originality, was like reading a fantasy romance novel. A woman gets caught up in a dream, so much so that she cannot distinguish it from reality. One world she can control, and when she is confronted with facing the truth, it is obvious she doesn’t want to give up that world. Despite its interesting story, PASSION OF MIND is marred by partial nudity, fornication and some foul language