Bitter Moon (Polanski, 1992): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 8.20pm
This is part of the Roman Polanski season at the BFI Southbank and also screens in NFT1 at 5.10pm on Sunday February 10th.
Chicago Reader review:
'It's a matter of some dispute whether Roman Polanski's letter to the
darker side of the romantic impulse--a French-English production made in
1992--represents him at his best or worst (I'd say the former), but
there's little question that this is his most emotionally complex movie
to date. 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 (Peter Coyote) who becomes crippled and a
young French dancer (Emmanuelle Seigner); their encounter with a British
couple (Hugh Grant and Kristin Scott-Thomas) on a luxury liner on the
Black Sea 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.
Chances are you'll either love it or despise it.'
Here is the trailer.