Bitter Moon (1992)
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A perverse, dark-humored comedy drama, Bitter Moon crosses the line into intentional camp more often than not in its tale of a kinky cripple Oscar (Peter Coyote) and his beautiful wife Mimi (Emmanuelle Seigner). Oscar ensnares a proper British man, Nigel (Hugh Grant) on an ocean-liner and makes him listen to the twisted tale of his relationship with Mimi (related in lengthy flashbacks) and how erotic obsession turned to homicidal hatred. Nigel is married to Fiona (Kristin Scott-Thomas), but is
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It's a matter of some dispute whether Roman Polanski's letter to the darker side of the romantic impulse, but there's little question that this is his most emotionally complex movie.
Strong playing by topliner Peter Coyote can't compensate for a script that's all over the map and a tone that veers from outre comedy to erotic game-playing.
This material obviously appeals to his sense of mischief, which remains alive and well.
By turns funny, brilliant, shocking and downright terrible, this choppy, two-hour-plus voyage is for Polanski aficionados who don't mind watching their favorite, aging enfant terrible going gleefully under.
Well, of course Bitter Moon is wretched excess. But Polanski directs it without compromise or apology.
Bitter Moon is entertaining, but in the manner of ghastly car crashes and legendary theatrical disasters; you can't take your eyes off it, but you often want to.
Deliberately provocative, infuriatingly melodramatic, this is a film that begs not to be taken seriously, and requires a ready suspension of moral discernment for maximum enjoyment.
Polanski's study of a marriage based on obsession, lust and cruelty was panned by critics as tasteless pornography, but there's a rich fascination in the film's openly voyeuristic, lurid extremes.
Tediously kinky, but the kinky is at least funny if not entirely sincere.
Polanski tempers his tale by filtering it through Grant, who receives it with a combination of disgust and fascination.
A Freudian psychiatrist will have a field day analyzing Roman Polanski's perversely erotic tale, in which his real-life wife Emmanuelle Seigner is subjected to all kinds of physical and sexual abuses.
One of Polanski's most celebrated directorial motifs, the decimation of human bodies as a reflection of their withering spirits, is brutally forthright in Bitter Moon.
By turns moving and creepy -- and very sexual -- it's one of Polanski's darkest and deepest works, yet strangely one of his least celebrated.
Unfortunately, Polanski is not in complete control of the tone of the movie.
You laugh, but you watch, and sometimes you watch without laughing at all. It's a cruise on the wild side with no Dramamine required.
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.
A disturbing, spare story and a return to Polanski's earlier thematic ground.
Some movies are feel good movies. This one is a big black hole of depressing images.
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