On a cruise, uptight British couple Nigel and Fiona encounter an alluring French woman named Mimi and her wheelchair-bound husband Oscar. As Oscar tells the torrid story of how he and Mimi fell in love, Nigel finds himself increasingly drawn to her, with potentially devastating results…
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Roman Polanski provides a measure of erotic epicness that will teach you how to drink milk properly. Peter Coyote and Emmanuelle Seigner bring to life one of the most psychologically twisted couples of the history of cinema. Well done everyone - even you, Hugh Grant.
I think some who don't like it cause of the cheesier erotic elements or the dated pop songs but I think it's one of Polanski's darkest films about love and human nature. Coyote gives a career best performance. Very funny (and twisted). There were times I wish Grant and Thomas' characters were better developed but this movie is about Coyote/Seigner's characters and it would have made it too long so it's for the best.
Polanski's most perverse film, and one of his funniest! A brutal character study, disguised as the kind of cheaply sensationalist erotic thriller that might be shown on late night TV. The falseness of the world (obvious sets, the illusion of being at sea created by a slightly rocking camera) suggests the fabrication of the story, the unreliability of the narrator, and an acknowledgement of cinema's own artificiality.
I could have sworn that I would have hated this film after having read a few reviews about it. My mistake. Gnôthi seauton said Socrates a few centuries ago. That's what I'm doing, old boy ! BITTER MOON is perfectly in line with Roman Polanski's main artistic concerns. For instance, the heroin of TESS can be perceived behind both Peter Coyote and Emmanuelle Seigner's behaviour and so on. Masterpiece.
Twisted in the best possible way. Has some of the most abrasive shifts in tone in Polanski's filmography. The early romantic (and erotic) scenes are handled with such a blatant tongue in cheek quality. When the film becomes gradually darker it explores the relationship between victim and victimizer as he consistently reverses the roles.Masterpiece.