Bitter Moon (1992)
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Critic Reviews for Bitter Moon
Recklessly perched on the edge of the ludicrous, this examination of a destructive erotic passion unfolds with an unsettling mixture of steam and mordant iron.
Bitter Moon is half-digested and grossly undramatised, a loop-tape of explanations and voiceover; the longer it goes on, the more it drains our interest away.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Bitter Moon
Normally I love Polanski's work, but I didn't know what to think of this movie. First of all it's really long, and there's a lot of talking. There are a lot of erotic scenes, and most of them are good. I didn't know weather I liked it or not, but overall it's an okay thriller/drama.
There are some people who would have you believe that Polanski made little of worth between "Chinatown" in 1974 and his critical comeback "The Pianist" in 2002. I may be biased but I can find something great in just about everything he shoots and I would rate this as one of his best movies. It's a dark and disturbing but blackly comic tale of an obsessive and destructive relationship. Polanski often struggles to bring a film in under two hours, and he doesn't do so here, but it's compulsive viewing from start to finish. Peter Coyote is magnificent and Hugh Grant's stammering upper-class-twit act has never been used to better effect. On the downside, Vangelis' soundtrack is very dreary.
Polanski accomplishes another quest for love in the depths of hell. an outstanding and upsetting erotic drama. Peter Coyote completely steals the movie.