Bitter Moon Movie Review Summary

Actors: Peter Coyote, Emmanuelle Seigner, Hugh Grant, Kristin Scott Thomas, Stockard Channing

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Nigel and Fiona Dobson (Grant and Thomas) have decided to revive their flagging seven-year marriage by taking an ocean cruise to Bombay. An American writer named Oscar (Coyote), bound to a wheelchair, starts to divert Nigel with stories about his sexy young French wife and their wild marriage. Oscar had tried to pursue a writing career in Paris, but became obsessed with Mimi, whom he met by chance on a bus. Their steamy affair became progressively wilder -- Mimi loved S/M games -- until she managed to find a way to cripple him and keep him locked to her. The two seem to be playing Nigel for some sort of new victim; the rather straight-laced and shocked Brit is both warned and entranced by the couple's games. Roman Polanski directed this film in 1992. It's well done but rather unnerving, and almost laughably repellent.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

BITTER MOON is a movie co-written, produced and directed by Roman Polanski in 1995. The picture is one of the peaks of Polanski's career and reminds us the acuteness of the first movies of the polish director.

Nigel and Fiona are on their way to India for a 6 months trip. They've been married for 7 years now and they've decided to make a cruise to celebrate this event. In the middle of the Mediterranean sea, they make the acquaintance of Oscar and Mimi, a strange couple; Oscar is a crippled who's paralyzed from the hips on and Mimi dances every night in the boat's dance hall. Attracted by the sexy Mimi, Nigel accepts to come back everyday in Oscar's cabin in order to listen to the writer's stories. Oscar will describe to Nigel the passionate love story he had with Mimi and how the couple engaged in the wildest sex perversions in order to maintain the intensity of their relationship. Nigel will also learn that when Oscar's love fade, a still loving Mimi has accepted humiliation and insults of her lover in order to stay with him. Finally, Oscar will tell Nigel that Mimi found a way to stay at his side and take revenge by voluntarily making him a cripple. Nigel, still wondering if Oscar has made up all his stories, tries to make love to Mimi despite the fact that his own wife is observing him and suffering from this situation.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Bitter Moon

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   spurned lover goes for revenge Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   really kinky sex! Druggie/drunk problems?    -   alcohol Brain/Body not working?    -   physical disability Lover is...    -   physically ill or deformed Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   pleasure/love boat City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   lesbians!    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   seeing nude male butt Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of dancing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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