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Passion of Mind (Widescreen)

Demi Moore , Eloise Eonnet , Alain Berliner    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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This film got spanked righteously in the press and Demi Moore, leading lady, earned a Golden Raspberry (not a compliment) for starring in it.
But was this film as bad as the critics made it out to be? I certainly don't think so. While it is true the dialog was somewhat mundane and the leading men unsexy, the film really seemed to focus on the question of "what is reality?"
The premise of a woman who fragments her personality in her dreams to the point of psychotic delusion is fascinating. Fully functional when awake in either world, at first it is hard to tell which woman, New York Marty or Provence Marie, is the "real" one. But the director carefully controls the colors and temperature of the light. At first, Provence is sunny, warm and misty, New York is blue and cold. Even the skin tones of the actors change with the venue. But as Marty/Marie begins to integrate her personality, the colors shift in the cinematography. Moore is careful not to overact--her Marie or Marty is rather equivocal in her madness or sane-ness. Perhaps the critics wanted more ravings from her.
This is a cerebral film; no mad fugues with wild yelling and screaming and blood and guts. Instead, you have to see if you can psychoanalyse the fragmented mind of Marty/Marie and come up with a plausible explanation. If you get it right, you meet the end of the film with cries of "Ha, I knew it!" If you don't get it right, you get a pleasurable surprise. Either way, a fascinating psychological drama and well worth viewing.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mindless passion. June 27 2002
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Format:DVD
Caught this on one of those pay-channel "free weekends". The reputation of *Passion of Mind* had, to put it nicely, preceded itself, and when it came on, I found myself sitting down to watch it, preparing to be morbidly fascinated at the proverbial train-wreck. I'm here to report the movie isn't as bad as all that, but it still probably isn't worth the investment of your time. Its premise saves it from total unwatchability. A woman leads two lives, simultaneously, in two different places: in New York, she's Marty, a big-shot career gal who runs her own literary agency; in the French countryside, she's Marie, widowed, with two girls, who writes book reviews for the New York Times. Whenever one of the characters goes to sleep, the OTHER character wakes up and goes about her day until it's time for bed, after which the FIRST character wakes up, etc. She even has a separate head-shrinker for each alter-ego. When the movie begins, she no longer has any idea which personality is the REAL one. This is all rather intriguing. For sheer originality, *Passion of Mind* is superior to most films that were released in 2000, especially that "Best Picture" winner with the bankrupt narrative, *Gladiator*. Devotees of French cinema certainly won't be put off by the challenging story structure or the focus on the interior life (the movie, after all, was directed by a Frenchman, Alain Berliner). Too bad the whole project is marred by the presence of Demi Moore as Marty / Marie. I suppose I should give her credit for trying to revive her career via the art-house, but she remains a most unpalatable movie actress. Has anyone missed her during the 3 years of her absence between the career-killing one-two punch of *Striptease* and *G.I. Jane* and this movie? Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Idea for a Story Jan. 6 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The possibilities for this basic story idea were endless, however I do not think that the movie took this story to its fullestest potential.
The story is of a woman, played by Demi Moore, who seems to be two people living two lives, but really isn't. When she goes to sleep from her life in France (where she is a widower with two children and works as a book reviewer), she wakes up to her second life (a high-powered career woman in New York) and vice versa. She can not figure out which is her real life and which is a fantasy. The main plot of the movie is her struggle to figure out which is which.
This is a great idea for a movie. The beginning sets up the plot very well and then seems to go on-and-on and does very little to expand on this great concept. Everything is tied together neatly, and with some creativity, in the end. However, the film really dragged in the middle.
Demi Moore's acting was good and believable. However, the script was so reptitious that I don't think there was enough of a screenplay for her to make the movie any better then it was.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Premise... Jan. 4 2001
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Demi Moore was so ubiquitous in the '80s and '90s that it was easy to take her for granted. But the three years since G.I. Jane and Deconstructing Harry (both 1997) represent the longest amount of time she's ever been away from the big screen. The good news is that Passion of Mind represents something of a change of pace; the bad news is that it doesn't fulfill the promise of its intriguing premise or the potential of Belgian director, Alain Berliner, who made such an impression with his Golden Globe winning debut, Ma Vie En Rose (1997).
Like Sliding Doors (1998), Passion of Mind is about a woman living two lives. The twist is that she's living both of them at the same time. In one, she's a single Manhattan businesswoman; in the other, a widowed mother living in the French countryside. Neither can tell which life is real and which is the dream (and both are so idyllic, it's hard to believe either could be real). And so Marty/Marie starts seeing a therapist in each life. She also meets and falls in love with a businessman in New York (William Fitchter) and a writer in France (Stellan Skarsgard).
Screenwriters Ron Bass (Snow Falling on Cedars, Entrapment) and David Field have basically written a Hollywood version of a European art house drama and, just as Marty/Marie is unable to reconcile the two halves of her life -- until the end of the movie -- Passion of Mind never quite comes together either as a splashy romance (there's little chemistry between Moore and her on-screen paramours) or as a serious examination of psychological/philosophical dislocation. But Demi Moore fans should be pleased to have her back where she belongs and to see her branching out into new directions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!
This movie is so lovely. I saw the DVD box at the video store.. saw Demi on the cover.. and thought I have to see it if Demi is starring in the movie. I was completely surprised. Read more
Published on April 9 2004 by Heather D. Horner
4.0 out of 5 stars Passion of Mind...intoxicating
I found this film intoxicating; I'd never heard of it, and found if on Showtime. I liked the premise of the film. Is it possible to live two lives?? Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by Sara
4.0 out of 5 stars Passion of Mind...intoxicating
I found this film intoxicating; I'd never heard of it, and found if on Showtime. I liked the premise of the film. Is it possible to live two lives?? Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by Sara
4.0 out of 5 stars Passion of Mind...intoxicating
I found this film intoxicating; I'd never heard of it, and found if on Showtime. I liked the premise of the film. Is it possible to live two lives?? Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by Sara
4.0 out of 5 stars Passion of Mind...intoxicating
I found this film intoxicating; I'd never heard of it, and found if on Showtime. I liked the premise of the film. Is it possible to live two lives?? Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by Sara
4.0 out of 5 stars Passion of Mind...intoxicating
I found this film intoxicating; I'd never heard of it, and found if on Showtime. I liked the premise of the film. Is it possible to live two lives?? Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by Sara
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie
This is a movie that keeps you guessing until the end. You don't know which life is real and which is the dream. There are only a few clues along the way. Read more
Published on July 2 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Profound!
This movie captures the mind and heart and soul. A must see -- but be prepared to look into the eyes your own deamons, and come away born again. Do not let this one pass you by.
Published on June 25 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Film, A MUST SEE!!
In my opinion, this fim is just wonderful. It was well made, well directed and VERY WELL acted.
Demi Moore and William Fichnter are fabulous together, and should do more films... Read more
Published on April 15 2002 by KATIE MANCUSO
2.0 out of 5 stars Passion of Mind
Good Lord Demi Moore goes artie. This would have been an interesting movie if the premise had not been done SOOO many times (I actually liked Sliding Doors, maybe it was the... Read more
Published on Nov. 22 2001
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