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Passion of Mind

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Starring: Demi Moore, Stellan Skarsgard
Director: Alain Berliner
Rated: PG-13
RunTime: 105 Minutes
Release Date: May 2000
Genre: Romance

*Also starring: William Fichtner, Peter Riegert

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Review by Susan Granger
1½ stars out of 4

After suffering the slings and arrows of "G.I. Jane," "Striptease," and "The Scarlet Letter," it's understandable why Demi Moore fled to the shelter of artsy, low-key European cinema. But this tepid drama, the first English-language film by Belgian director Alain Berliner ("My Vie en Rose"), is forgettable - at best. Written by Ron Bass and David Field, it's about a woman with two lives. In one, she's Marie, a widowed American book critic with two daughters, living lavishly in the south of France. Marie's courted by a passionate, older writer (Stellan Skarsgard) to whom she once gave a bad review, although she observes, "You commit beautifully." And, as her girl-friend notes, "He's a chance to love again." In a less idyllic but parallel universe, she's Marty, a high-powered, hard-working Manhattan literary agent, courted by a shy, sensitive, erotic accountant (William Fichtner). In each life, she falls asleep and awakens as the other person and, in both worlds, she visits a psychiatrist who confirms that she's, indeed, got delusionary problems. But at least, this time she keeps her clothes on. Marty's consultant (Peter Riegert) bluntly observes that she's "as mad as a hatter," while Marie's therapist (Joss Ackland) is more tactful, saying, "You are riding two horses, and the mind isn't built for that." Obviously, the concept is a ludicrous, heavy-handed metaphor about the choices facing contemporary women today, and Alain Berliner awkwardly tries to convince us that either world could be real. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "Passion of Mind" is a sumptuous but shallow 4. With Demi Moore, more is less.

Copyright 2000 Susan Granger

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