American artist couple Port (John Malkovich) and Kit (Debra Winger) Moresby are drawn by desire and destiny to travel through Saharan Africa, attempting to recapture the love the once shared.
Master filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci applies his considerable talent to this haunting adaptation of the Paul Bowles novel. John Malkovich and Debra Winger play Port and Kit Moresby, characters loosely based on Bowles and his wife Jane, who flee New York for North Africa, where they hope to find mystical truths that will reignite the spark of their marriage. But instead they lose their moral bearings (with help from a friend, played by Campbell Scott, who has an affair with Kit) while traveling deeper and deeper into the Sahara. Before long, what started as a vacation at exotic lodgings has descended into a tour of hell, as they stumble farther and farther into an unknowable spiritual territory. Though long and at times slow-moving, the film features marvelously nuanced acting by Malkovich and Winger and visionary filmmaking that makes the landscape at once picturesque and threatening. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Of course the dvd region wasn't provided by the seller and being a hard movie to get (especially cheap) I took a chance. LAME, NOT IN ENGLISH!!!Published 13 months ago by DANA
beautiful photography the perspective of the desert and the aspect of the society and the people at this time is completely representative.Published on March 28 2012 by AlBen
I always am on the look out for great movies and was delighted to be able to get this one. It arrived in good time and in great shape.Published on Feb. 4 2012 by Jan Church
I enjoyed this film and so glad to see it available on DVD. The storyline was very believable to a point it could have been based on a true incident. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2010 by JMM
I'm not certain what it is that characterizes a book as 'Literary'. Perhaps Literariness requires that the work cohere with a previously established order of literature, something... Read morePublished on April 22 2004
I viewed the movie first, was so intriqued with it that I had to read the book. This movie, I believe was designed to most affect you after you have viewed it. Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Bryant MacPherson
Well the cinematography is great. After only about 10 minutes though, you can see that this has been adapted from a novel and a literary one at that. Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by R Jess