Bitter Moon

Metro Pulse

DIRECTED BY: Roman Polanski

REVIEWED: 07-27-98

Roman Polanski, a renowned pervert himself (not to mention alleged rapist), offered his own exploration of kinkiness in Bitter Moon (1992, R), a shaggy-dog story about a jaded couple and the young honeymooners they meet on a trans-Atlantic voyage. Hugh Grant is well-cast as the neophyte, as is Peter Coyote in the role of the cynical seductor. As Grant is drawn in by Coyote and his nymphomaniac wife (Emmanuelle Seigner), the film teasingly traces the lure of the forbidden. It's as sharp and funny as you'd expect from Polanski—and as mean-spirited too.

--Jesse Fox Mayshark

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Death and the Maiden

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