Bitter Moon

Wednesday, June 18 - Thursday, June 19, 2014

High-definition digital projection

“[Polanski’s] most emotionally complex movie. With its American, English, and French characters representing the three cultures Polanski has known since he left Poland, it’s also quite possibly his most personal film—and certainly his most self-critical. The major focus of the plot, told in flashbacks, is the perverse relationship that develops in Paris between a failed, well-to-do American writer who becomes crippled (Peter Coyote) and a young French dancer (Emmanuelle Seigner); their encounter with a British couple (Hugh Grant and Kristin Scott Thomas) on a luxury liner forms the present-tense story. This uneasy combination of comedy and tragedy, frank pornography and caustic antipornography, sexual fun and games and mental cruelty doesn’t allow the audience a comfortably detached viewpoint from which to judge the proceedings.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum

  • Country France/UK/USA
  • Language In English and French with English subtitles
  • Rating R
  • Year 1992
  • Running Time 139 minutes
  • Director Roman Polanski

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