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Bliss (1997)



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A provocative drama about sex, love, and trust, Bliss concerns Joseph (Craig Sheffer) and Maria (Sheryl Lee), a young married couple whose relationship is in serious trouble. While they love each other, Maria has difficulty opening up to Joseph, and, after six months of marriage, he makes the unhappy discovery that she's been unable to have an orgasm with him (though she's been willing to let him think otherwise). At work, Joseph and his co-workers notice a steady stream of beautiful women visiting an apartment across the street; the scuttlebutt around the office is that some sort of shady sex therapist works out of the building. One day, Joseph is shocked to see Maria visiting the apartment, and he bursts in and demands to know what's happening. The apartment does indeed house an unlicensed sex therapist, who goes by the name of Balthazar (Terence Stamp), and, before long, Joseph realizes that Balthazar's teaching are about the mind as much as the body, and that he's less concerned with orgasm than with "bliss," which he considers an emotional and spiritual as well as physical state. Before long, Joseph has convinced Balthazar to teach him what he knows about tantric healing and sex, in the hope that he can help heal Maria's emotional scars, as well as help himself become a better man. Bliss was the debut feature for writer/director Lance Young.

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Terence Stamp
as Balthazar Vincenza
Eli Gabay
as Carlo
Babs Chula
as Maxine
Susan Bain
as 1st Woman
Kendall Cross
as 2nd Woman
Sandra P. Grant
as Dark Beauty
Merrilyn Gann
as Motel Woman
Gillian Barber
as Therapist
Peter Kelamis
as Neighbor
Elizabeth Long
as Scope/Steps Woman
Ravinder Toor
as Turban Man
Helena Yea
as Produce Woman
Alicia Bell
as Maria (age 8)
Akesh Gill
as Therapy Woman
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Critic Reviews for Bliss

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

Amazing, how good acting can find the truth in well-written material.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Writer/director Lance Young is so relentlessly solemn ... that some viewers may giggle.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4
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You can't shake the feeling Bliss may have more to say, to reveal, to the viewer on a repeat viewing.

February 12, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A hilariously pretentious drama taking a PBS approach toward sexual mechanics: Masters and Johnson meets Masterpiece Theatre.

July 30, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4

Bliss is really a very hopeful film, with many light, humorous moments that tug it along.

October 22, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Salutes the courage of two individuals who make a commitment to stay the course in their marriage no matter what.

August 29, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bliss

I love Sheryl Lee, but I found this film to be dreadful. It's ridiculous, laughable and poorly executed. Everything about it is a joke.

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