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Passion of Mind (2000 movie)

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A movie directed by Alain Berliner

Moore plays two women in this psychological drama from acclaimed director Berliner (MA VIE EN ROSE). Marie is a solemn American widow living in the south of France with her two daughters. In her dreams, she creates a gloriously magnificent world for … see full wiki

Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 26, 2000
MPAA Rating: PG-13
1 review about Passion of Mind (2000 movie)

Demi Moore has a Passion of Mind

  • Aug 16, 2003
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While I wouldn’t hang any awards on this movie, I really like the concept of it story.

Demi Moore plays a dual part as homebody widow in France with two children, Marie and workaholic and hard-edged career woman in New York, Marty. The problem - you don’t know who is real and who is Memorex®.

You witness a loving mother in the mountains of France, nice big house, two darling children. It appears she is a book reviewer by profession. By fate or chance, Marty just happens to work at the publishing company that Marie reviews for …… hmmmmmmmm …… Marie is a young and beautiful woman, but alone. Her one friend and drinking companion is Jessie. She bears her soul, and her dreams, to Jessie daily over a couple of stiff drinks.

And dreams is what this is all about.

Marie dreams each night that she is a successful career woman living in New York by the name of Marty. She is driven and focused, yet she has no one in her life.

Marty dreams each night that she is a peaceful widow, living in the hills of France with two precocious daughters. Although alone, Marie is surrounded by the love of her daughters and the memories of her dead husband. In her own right, Marie is as successful as Marty.

Both women take their problems to the attention of a psychiatrist, Dr. Peters in New York believes that Marty is trying to escape her minimalist life style by dreaming up a loving home somewhere else. Dr. Langer in France believes Marie is trying to escape her lonely life by dreaming up a successful career elsewhere. Who is real and who is the dream? I found it an interesting concept.

Of course, both women meet a guy at the same time. Quite a concept when you think that while one of them is making love to a man across the world the other is sharing the experience. Even more interesting when one is having the experience and the other hasn’t yet. Somewhere, someone is frustrated, but who?

Naturally it is the goal of the dual psychiatrists to discover which “M” is the real person and which the figment of an active imagination. As each also confesses the problem to her respective lover, it becomes their goal to eliminate the ‘other man’ from his women’s life. While watching, Diane and I also flirted with the idea of twins separated at birth.

It is a classic example of ‘I coulda been you, you coulda been me’ syndrome but with a twist. In order for one to succeed, the other must fail and you want them both to have a life. In the end, you even kind of like both of them and the lives they are charting, which puts you on fence when you need to pick a winner.

Speaking of picking winners, Passion of Mind was nominated for one award. The 2001 Razzie Awards nominated Demi Moore for worst actress. Hope she didn’t buy a new dress.

It was directed by Alain Berliner and written by Ronald Bass and David Field. It’s no great shakes, pretty scenery and a strange story line but other than that pretty boring and blasé. It also starred William Fichtner as NY boyfriend Aaron, Stellan Skarsgård as French boyfriend William, Peter Riegert as Dr. Peters, Sinéad Cusack as friend Jessie, Joss Ackland as Dr. Langer, Eloise Eonnet as daughter Jen, and Chaya Cuénot as daughter Serafine 'Sarah'.

Moore looks her lovely self in the movie but her acting is mediocre, kind of middle line. In fact, I haven’t seen much fire from her presentations since A Few Good Men although she did look buff in G.I. Jane, even if it was unbelievable. In the France scenes she seems softer and more attractive, the NY scenes a little harder and harsh. Guess that was to help us disguinsh between the two, although the scenery did that alone.

Catch it for the story concept and the pretty scenery.



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