Roman Polanski, a very controversial director (check out documentary Wanted And Desired) made this masterpiece back in 1992, and keep in mind that Mimi is his wife from 1989. The older looks of the movie may put off some people but give it a chance. The acting is awesome, and Peter Coyote did an amazing job as everyone else, but still his role was the most demanding. This movie is about overpowering and all consuming passion, and its impact on people and their lives. Furthermore, it examines the modern society that claims to be free of prejudice and hypocrisy, for the most part, and the definition of love, experimenting with dominance and submission. At this moment I have to mention 50 Shades of Gray, a movie with a seemingly similar subject. However, the difference between these two is huge. Shades took the most visually and emotionally impactful concept of breaking free of societies notions of sex, without further content to enable its audience to enjoy in “engaging” in such a subject without rational thinking, acting only on stimuli. Bitter Moon would be just too difficult for the that target audience, they would find it gross and perverse, because you can see deeper concepts that are driving characters to engage in certain behavior, making them subject to deeper moral examination…

Fiona and Nigel Dobson are traveling to India in hopes to mend their “routine” marriage. On this trip they will meet a strange couple that will take them on another kind of journey. Oscar will tell his story to Nigel, story of sex, passion, perversion and love that is overwhelming. Beautifully shot, and with lot of sex scenes that are not so crude and in your face like in today’s movies, Bitter Moon is a definite must see. The clash between famous British stiffness and the American casual anything goes vibe, among other contrasts in this movie is something that you can think about after the movie is over and see how it relates to your life… Enjoy.

Director: Roman Polanski

Cast: Hugh Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emmanuelle Seigner, Peter Coyote, Victor Banerjee

Fun Stuff: James Woods was cast in the Peter Coyote part but dropped out.


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