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Bitter Moon
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by Rob Gonsalves

"So this is love?"
5 stars

Roman Polanski’s best and darkest movie since 'Chinatown' is a fascinatingly ugly study of a relationship gone sour.

Oscar (Peter Coyote), a hack writer living in Paris, falls in love with beautiful Mimi (Emmanuelle Seignert), a dancer and waitress. Their life together is bliss until they develop a taste for kinky sex, which reaches its absurd nadir when Oscar wears a pig mask and wriggles around the floor half-naked. Soon the couple fall out of love and into hate — and find they need each other more than ever.

This is all told in flashback by the wheelchair-bound Oscar on a cruise to India; his captive audience is Nigel (Hugh Grant), a proper Englishman happily married to Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas). At first repelled by Oscar’s stories, Nigel becomes mesmerized by Mimi, while Oscar grooms him as her new lover. Decidedly not a date movie, it’s a typically Polanskian look at love and obsession, buoyed by a riveting performance by Coyote.

Watch it back to back with 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' (also starring Grant and Scott Thomas) for the full effect.

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6/30/20 The Big D. BORING--some guy talks about his stormy marriage. (Sorry, Roman; I loved THE NINTH GATE.) 1 stars
8/20/18 Louise Couldn't really get into it. 3 stars
3/19/18 Tinkerbell Gripping movie with surprising ending 4 stars
5/26/16 Tinkerbell clumsy, uptight, married Grant develops huge crush on gorgeous Seigner, another man's wife 5 stars
11/26/10 Sia Shar A film that changed my life.positive effect of course.after cinema paradiso,it's my second 5 stars
11/23/10 mr.mike My world was not rocked. 3 stars
12/27/08 lovesick one of the best films about a relationship, ever. an absolute must-see it! 5 stars
7/14/08 stereolabb Gets better with age. Underappreciated. A classic of the best of the 90s. 5 stars
4/05/07 Ole Man Bourbon Sick stuff 4 stars
1/01/06 Jay_kar2004 excellent for nudity 5 stars
1/01/06 Jay_kar2004 excellent for nudity 5 stars
4/18/05 George R-Scott Repellent. The direst movie I've seen in ages. Truly vile. Stockard what were u thinking??! 1 stars
2/20/04 Pinkline Jones Brilliantly, weird, mix of pathos - Polanski the Master 5 stars
11/29/03 john interssting subject - involving funny and disturbing at the same time but ultimately boring 3 stars
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