Moon in the Gutter

The Moon in the Gutter

Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix

Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Nastassja Kinski, Victoria Abril

     
 

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Filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix followed up the surprise international success of his first feature, Diva, with this stylish but downbeat drama. Gerard (Gerard Depardieu) is a dock worker who becomes an emotional wreck following the rape and suicide of his sister. As his relationships with his girlfriend Bella (Victoria Abril), his drunken brother, and his…  See more details below

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Filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix followed up the surprise international success of his first feature, Diva, with this stylish but downbeat drama. Gerard (Gerard Depardieu) is a dock worker who becomes an emotional wreck following the rape and suicide of his sister. As his relationships with his girlfriend Bella (Victoria Abril), his drunken brother, and his depressive father begin to decay, Gerard becomes obsessed with finding the man who attacked his sister and spends most of his nights lurking about the scene of the crime. In time, Gerard makes the acquaintance of Loretta (Nastassja Kinski), who cruises by the waterfront every evening in a red sports car. Desperate to pull himself out of his emotional doldrums, Gerard becomes involved with Loretta. Bella, however, is not at all happy about this, and she convinces a pair of strong-arm men to teach him a lesson. Gerard must now decide if he wants to be with Loretta or Bella, just as he's discovered evidence that may reveal who raped his sister. La Lune Dans Le Caniveau received uneven reviews on its initial release and won a French Cesar Award for its production design.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While every bit as visually fascinating (if not more so) as Diva, director Jean-Jacques Beineix's previous film, The Moon in the Gutter is nowhere near as effective. Make no mistake about it: this is a stunning film to look at. The director shot it all on a soundstage, creating with cinematographer Philippe Rousselot and an incredibly talented design team an artificial look that is simply gorgeous, even though the setting is usually "the wrong side of town." That eponymous moon in that eponymous gutter glows entrancingly, and there's a sheen and a gloss to almost everything that is hard to resist. It all takes on a surreal, somehow romantic atmosphere, which is a tremendous asset. Unfortunately, all of this glorious visual work is in the service of a screenplay that is entirely uninvolving. Diva was similarly superficial, but it worked because the characters were interesting enough to make the viewer care about them. The exact opposite happens in Moon -- the characters are ill-defined, fuzzy and pretentious. The potentially fascinating story is negated by poor storytelling and these characters that simply don't engage us. It's not the fault of the actors; when even as charismatic an actor as Gerard Depardieu and as intriguing a presence as Nastassja Kinski cannot engage the audience, something is seriously wrong. For all its amazing visuals, Moon is an empty and ultimately boring picture.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/2009
UPC:
0881394107724
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
NR
Source:
Cinema Libre
Region Code:
0
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:17:00
Sales rank:
38,549

Special Features

Jean-Jacques Beineix's interview with Tim Rhys, publisher of MovieMaker magazine; Photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gérard Depardieu Gerard
Nastassja Kinski Loretta
Victoria Abril Bella
Vittorio Mezzogiorno Newton Channing
Dominique Pinon Frank
Bertice Reading Lola
Gabriel Monnet Tom
Milena Vukotic Frieda
Bernard Farcy Jesus
Anne-Marie Coffinet Dora
Victor Cavallo Actor
Jacques Herlin Actor
Jean-Pierre Laurent Actor
Jean-Roger Milo Actor
Guido Alberti Actor
Katya Berger Actor

Technical Credits
Jean-Jacques Beineix Director,Screenwriter
Dominique Brenguier Camera Operator
Sandro dell'Orco Editor,Production Designer
Yves Deschamps Editor
Lise Fayolles Producer
Claire Fraisse Costumes/Costume Designer
Pierre Gamet Sound/Sound Designer
Hilton McConnico Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Olivier Mergault Screenwriter
Monique Prim Editor
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Angelo Santucci Production Designer
Bernard Vezat Production Designer
Gabriel Yared Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Jean-Jacques Beineix Collection: Moon in the Gutter
2. Intro [9:02]
3. Breaking the Ice [8:41]
4. Guardian Angel [11:42]
5. Bella [9:30]
6. The Docks [11:41]
7. Catherine [16:28]
8. Rendez-Vouz [18:02]
9. Married [10:52]
10. I'm Leaving [13:13]
11. Paid Thugs [8:49]
12. Life Is Cheap [13:59]
13. The White City [5:34]

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