BITTER MOON is one of the most underrated movie from director Roman Polanski. BITTER MOON combines some themes. Such as psychological drama, thriller, black comedy, and a little bit of mystery. This movie has an excellent cast. Hugh Grant looks different in here. Not to mention Peter Coyote and Emmanuelle Seigner in their most frantic performance. It would be better if this movie has short runtime. It seems overlong.
If we tell ourselves stories in order to live, what's the story we'd tell in order to die? Perhaps the story of a love, joyous and miserable, sexy and cruel. Polanski conveys the cost of storytelling, esp. between men constructing ideals of femininity. The parallel extends, not least to the stories told by Hollywood today. The true threat is not passion, but Grant, those who "fuck missionary like a metronome."
A multilayered love drama presenting a quite non-conformist view of love relationships eventual decay. It holds a strangely alluring pace of the narrative that's hard to look away from, even through cartoonish parts of the thing. Whether it will or will not work decides on how much you take it as a credible argument for the inevitable or a director's personal plea.
(...)Ich denke, es wäre die Leichteste Sache der Welt, sich nun auszulassen über Polanskis schlechten Geschmack. Dazu müssten wir aber bewweisen, für derartiges gänzlich unempfänglich zu sein. Bin ich tatsächlich so erwachsen, so seriös? Bitter Moon ist ein Exzess, Polanski hat ihn kompromisslos und ohne sich zu entschuldigen abgefilmt.(...)
"Bitter Moon" is a wordplay & hints on the (un)happiness of marriages/relationships. Two couples are in focus; but basically only about one is told in detail & length, the other is kept vague & short. It's all about excessive & passionate love which faded away. And about sex, obsession, rejection, bad taste, unfulfilled dreams, unhappyness, disappointment & boredom: not my cup of tea. Also a bit too long. Average.