Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
France/United Kingdom/USA, 1992. Canal+, Columbia Pictures Corporation, Les Films Alain Sarde, R.P. Productions, Timothy Burrill Productions. Screenplay by Gerard Brach, Roman Polanski, John Brownjohn, script collaboration by Jeff Gross, based on the novel Lunes De Fiel by Pascal Bruckner. Cinematography by Tonino Delli Colli. Produced by Roman Polanski. Music by Vangelis. Production Design by Willy Holt, Gerard Viard. Costume Design by Jackie Budin. Film Editing by Herve de Luze.
Roman Polanski returns to the forum of international cinema with this unimpressive thriller. While travelling on a cruise ship, bored couple Hugh Grant and Kristin Scott Thomas meet miserable couple Emmanuelle Seigner and her wheelchair-bound husband Peter Coyote. One night, Grant stays up late with Coyote and listens to his tale of marital strife, beginning from when he met Seigner, through their relationship during which he treated her terribly, then detailing her vicious revenge. The characters should be mind-bogglingly attractive, but Seigner’s performance in the lead is especially weak and none of the dialogue is very good.