Bitter Moon

7.22 h 14 min1994R
Legendary filmmaker Roman Polanski explores the sexy side of obsession and the wild side of romance in this outrageous look at the dark side of love
Roman Polanski
Peter CoyoteHugh GrantEmmanuelle Seigner
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Kristin Scott Thomas
Roman PolanskiRobert BenmussaTimothy BurrillAlain Sarde
Kino Lorber
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4.2 out of 5 stars

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nothingt5Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Kino blu-ray audio is wrong
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Nice looking disc, but everyone's voices are high-pitched since the audio isn't correct. Unfortunately, the company just calls everyone a nut job for pointing out this Fact. Stick with any other release.
21 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on March 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
it is very realistic - this is a cautionary tale about what can happen when people take a very commonly occurring love story to
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A gripping and highly disturbing story superbly acted by the actors and amazingly put together by the film maker. Despite being disturbing, it is very realistic - this is a cautionary tale about what can happen when people take a very commonly occurring love story to the extremes. The common situation is when a man gets initially infatuated with a woman but after exploring all the physical and purely emotional highs gets bored and cold. It happens quite often and extremely hard for a woman to understand such a sudden change. She does not get that the man never cared about her as a person and never bothered to learn about her (not saying men are not capable of it, just that often they pursue purely physical attractions). Not only the woman clings to the hope that "he'll come around" but she is also craving the high that she herself experienced while being initially treated as a "goddess". Combine two artistic temperaments of the main characters, one of which is a cynical middle age man frustrated by lack of professional success and another is an inexperienced young girl and voila - you have a twisted tragedy on your hands! The only thing which I found not true to life was the last part with the "English wife" (won't spoil the end for you but judge for yourself after you watch).
17 people found this helpful
Ian CapenReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Unsparing Look at Love's Bliss and Bite with superb acting by Peter Coyote, Hugh Grant and Kristin Thomas
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This tragedy starts like a syrupy love story, but quickly changes to tragicomedy and heart-wrenching tragedy. Several times as I watched, I cringed at the awkward, embarrassing, painfully engaging relationship of an American bachelor (Peter Coyote in his best role - by far), who is an aspiring writer in Paris. The Vangelis soundtrack, especially the opening song, is fantastically romantic and carries the heavy emotions of this film. This story is a rare, unsparing look at a love affair, the ensuing bliss and, inevitable crash. Hugh Grant plays a curious, frustrated husband who lives vicariously through the retelling of Coyote's tragic love story. Kristin Scott Thomas is excellent as Grant's spouse, lacking his attention and Emmanuelle Seigner the gorgeous girlfriend of Coyote, who entrances, seduces and then becomes sadistic when love sours. The script is ambitious, profound, and pivots quickly from romantic drama, to comedy and tragedy. This film is best for mature adults. Too deep for the young.
15 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Like a bad affair it becomes tiresome
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Peter Coyote just can't carry this awful movie. Bad writing and bad acting just sink this long winded affair. Extreme codependency is strangely boring. I really like Polanski but why did he think Emmanuelle Seigner and Coyote would have any chemistry is hard to fathom. Actually Seigner was bearable as the femme fatale but he's no storyteller that's for sure. I had to quit near the end , just seemed a waste of time.
Well I did finish the movie and it really wasn't very good but I must add that for some reason I went and looked up Peter Coyote and found that he has had an interesting life but more importantly he is a very good writer (Sleeping where I Fall). So unlike the character he pretends to be in this movie; he is actually a very good storyteller. I am thoroughly enjoying his travels through the early sixties having grown up around the same time and lived my own free life. It reminds me that there are many young people living adventures today without addictions to technology or mass media. Well I must return to my painting. Just my two cents. Oh checkout Venus in Fur with the very same Emmanuelle Seigner directed by Polanski. Very good film.
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Chrystal FairyReviewed in the United States on November 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Decadence and betrayal can pull it all down.
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What a movie! A very young Hugh Grant is the perfect stooge for a toxic couple hell bent on destruction. Peter Coyote is perfectly cast as the cynical shell of a loser upon whom a misguided young woman hangs her dreams. As the cream curdles all get pulled deeper into the black hole that is their love. A stormy night, a dissolute cruise ship --- what more could one want for the New Years Eve from hell? This is one train wreck you won't want to miss, if just for the jaw dropping sight of love gone terribly wrong.
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B59Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is probably Polanski's most underrated film.
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Polanski's brilliant psycho-sexual thriller is easily one of his best films. Disturbing, hilarious at times, harrowing at others - it is never less than fascinating to the discerning film afficianado with an open mind who can appreciate the director's perverse sense of humor. Not for prudes! Peter Coyote is the standout of a great cast. And a wonderful evocative musical score to boot-
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Richard GarrettReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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That's what I call an adult movie! A serious story about a few serious aspects of relationships between men and women.
An absolutely must-see movie for those who have gotten enough of boring, stupid Hollywood movies with stupid happy endings and stupid heroes.
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Michelle RisquetReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
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"Bitter Moon" is my most favorite movie of all time. I think Peter is gorgeous and I love his black sense of humor and the intelligent, witty remarks. It is a twisted tale of love but is possible. Polanski as far as I'm concerned is a genius. The plot, theme, characters, and ending were fantastic. I wish I could dance like Mimi!
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