Bitter Moon

"Excellent"

Bitter Moon Review


Certainly a case of deja vu for Hugh Grant, Bitter Moon finds the big Hugh playing hide the little Hugh with a girl he meets on a ship to Istanbul (Emmanuelle Seigner). The only problem is that the wife (Kristin Scott Thomas) doesn't really approve. And then there's the matter of the girl's husband (Peter Coyote), who sends Grant on the chase to start with.

Why is he bound to a wheelchair? How did the innocent couple turn so perverted? Coyote's story talks about bondage, golden showers, and even ends up with Coyote crawling around on the floor, grunting while he wears a pig mask.

The sum of this is an extremely twisted psycho-thriller that is nonetheless oddly compelling. Determining how much of this is due to the fact that Seigner dumps milk all over herself is left as an exercise for the viewer.

Regardless of what you think about the story (and it was widely panned in its initial release), it's a real departure from Roman Polanski's body of work. Even twisted tales like Chinatown had a moral base. No such luck here. It's depravity all the way across the Mediterranean Sea.

Look beyond the titillation. In the end, this is a story about the boundaries of love and how easy we can flip between the two emotions. It's a tale of sadism and masochism, and how seemingly ordinary people can be drawn into fetishes. It's not a movie for everyone, just like putting on a pig mask and rooting around the bedroom isn't for all tastes, but the openminded can relate to the movie on some level.

The rest of you can just ogle Seigner's body to your heart's content.

Aka Lunes de fiel.



Bitter Moon

Facts and Figures

Run time: 139 mins

In Theaters: Friday 18th March 1994

Budget: $5M

Production compaines: Les Films Alain Sarde, Columbia Pictures Corporation, R.P. Productions, Timothy Burrill Productions, Canal+

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Fresh: 19 Rotten: 11

IMDB: 7.1 / 10

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Starring: as Nigel, as Fiona, as Mimi, as Oscar

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