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Bliss (1997)

Craig Sheffer , Terence Stamp , Lance Young  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Craig Sheffer, Terence Stamp, Sheryl Lee, Casey Siemaszko, Spalding Gray
  • Directors: Lance Young
  • Writers: Lance Young
  • Producers: Allyn Stewart, Lisa Towers, Matthew O'Connor
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4OD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bliss" on IMDb

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Craig Sheffer, Sheryl Lee, Terence Stamp and Spalding Gray star in this audaciously honest look at sexual intimacy and emotional risk. On his wedding day, Joseph (Craig Sheffer) nervously admits thathis wife (Sheryl Lee) is not quite like other women. But his beautiful bride is more than just the "impulsive, compulsive, obsessive" woman he thinks he knows. And when Joseph discovers she is hidingtroubling secrets, it sends them both on a sexual odyssey that will either destroy or redeem their relationship. Erasing all boundaries between sex, love and commitment, "BLISS may be one of the mostdaring and explicit films ever made." (William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

It may not be a great movie, but Bliss could be one of the greatest marriage-boosters ever filmed. This curious drama fits into the too-familiar form of the "therapy movie," but it's acted with intensity by a committed (and rather brave) trio. Craig Sheffer plays an uptight Seattle husband who discovers his neurotic wife (Sheryl Lee) visiting a radical doctor (Terence Stamp) who has sex--therapeutically--with his patients. After briefly flipping out, Sheffer finds himself buying into the doctor's remedies for a sexual and emotional make-over. The silky-smooth Stamp is perfectly cast: with his enthusiasm for chakras and fine cigars, the doctor is both spiritual guru and the kind of man who reads Playboy. The film veers into ridiculousness at times, yet there is something intriguing about its how-to frankness. Home viewers may find themselves embarrassed and maybe just a little bit liberated. --Robert Horton

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61 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing, well-layered work of genius March 4, 2005
Joseph and Maria are about to be married. They are riding to the wedding chapel in separate limousines-black for him, white for her, of course. Joseph rides with his best friend, Tanner, confiding all those last minute wedding day jitters. Maria rides with her parents, feeling a little nauseous from her nerves. Her mother warns her not to get any vomit on her dress. They arrive at the chapel, and all that nervous tension fades when they look into each other's eyes at the altar. Everything seems just normal for this couple at the precipice of their life together.

At first.

Seven months later, Joseph and Maria are already feuding over obsessive behaviors, emotional disconnection, inadequate bedroom performance, and an unwillingness to start a family. There's trouble in paradise, and just when things couldn't get any worse, it appears as if Maria is seeing a local sex therapist by the name of Balthazar. This is what every man dreads: Not only is his wife sleeping with another man, she's paying him for it. Fantabulous.

So far, aside from the quick pace and attention to detail, "Bliss" seems geared to become a formulaic romance story about a troubled newlywed couple. But it is when Joseph and Balthazar first meet that the film shows its true colors, and becomes one of the most honest, emotionally wrenching films ever made about love, sex, and abuse. It strips us of the awareness that we are watching a movie as we become completely engrossed in these lives we care so much about.

As Joseph agrees with Balthazar that traditional therapy is not the answer to his wife's many psychological troubles, the heart of the film becomes the discussions between the two men.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BlissFull August 4, 2004
One of the best movies about love and marriage I've ever seen. The raw sexual energy jumped off the screen. Just when you think you know what the movie is about and where it's going, it takes you into a more intimate place, the minds of the two married people. Craig Sheffer is excellent and plays his part like a fine instrument. He has unbelievable potential as an actor. Sheryl Lee lays herself bare as she allows us to really know her character. Terrance Stamp was so convincing I thought he was a therapist through the entire film. Lance Young did a phenomenal job directing and he should have won some kind of an award. This is a movie that married people should watch together, without any distractions. It's a must-see.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why isn't Craig Sheffer in more roles like this?! January 12, 2005
This movie is moving drama that explores the relationship of a young married couple just on the edge of crisis. Sheryl Lee is convincing in her role as Maria, the paranoid self-critical wife. Joseph, portrayed by Craig Sheffer (in his best role since "Norman Maclean" in River)is intense and loyal to Maria, although he has difficulty getting through to her, and knowing how to help his deeply troubled wife because Maria is dealing with issues buried deeply from childhood. Terrence Stamp, is wonderful as the colorful therapist "Balthazar", and the acting between the three main characters is complementary. Joseph learns more about himself as a man and as a husband through the course of the film, that he begins to understand the meaning of unconditional love, even if it means he might lose Maria. Great movie, raw emotion...why isn't Craig Sheffer in more roles like this!?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies I've seen! December 18, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I'm not sure what I expected when I rented this film. I had never heard of it before, and the only reason I had for renting was the praise from Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert on the front of the box. The movie starts off at a chaotic pace, but then begins to develop a rhythm, which I take to be part of its message. It's an amazing movie: One of my all-time favorites. I couldn't believe how utterly absorbing this movie was. It's funny, romantic, exotic, touching, and even tragic when it is learned that one of the characters has suffered from severe sexual abuse. Terence Stamp gives a performance that should've won him an Oscar. He's fantastic, and the two leads, Sheffer and Lee are also terrific. The movie is an experience unlike any I've had before, watching a film. I couldn't take my eyes off it. I hadn't been so into a movie since the first time I saw "American Beauty." This movie isn't for the faint of heart, though, I must warn you. It isn't so much explicit about the topic of sex as it is blunt and straight forward. Amazing...
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Biss, healing, growth February 21, 2008
I think that people who bough or want to watch this movie are prone to learn something about themselves, their sexuality, and their intimacy, unless, that is, they do not know anything about the film. But most of us who bought it knew something about the film already. And I believe it is a good bias, relevant nevertheless.
This film makes you think, it makes you want to go deeper within yourself, it is not purely entertainment, although the acting is good, compassionate and believable. For people who may be looking for a sex-based movie that will put the perfect touch of spice on a date this movie will not work. For those who want to know more about themselves and their relationships this movie presents a very refreshing and important approach.
I watched this movie in the theatre around 1998, in Barcelona, where I am from (it was titled "El Amor Es Extasis"). I don't remember exactly why it caught my attention, but I do remember that I was facing several challenging issues in intimacy. I guess I read the synopsis and fell drawn to it... I loved it, it really changed the way I thought about sex, as well as intimacy. Ten years later I find myself in a situation very similar to the one in the movie and I did everything I could to find it. I needed to watch it again. I saw it in Spanish and I didn't know any actors, so it was hard to find this movie in its original English title. But I found it!!
I watched it again and loved it even more, I guess it is more relevant than ever. But don't get me wrong, this is not a movie to help you heal your traumatized partner but to personally expand your horizons about your own sexuality and intimacy and grow as a person, and thus within and with your relationship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 1 month ago by Houssam Alghadban
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent good acting. Very passionate Sexual.
Published 2 months ago by KEITH COOPERWOOD
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots to consider in this film...
I use this film for some of my classes that is able to demonstrate the ethical boundaries in which therapists must operate, while also considering how to be in relationship with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marcus E. Sharpe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
Wonderful message for those who love survivors of sexual abuse. The alternative approach to healing was fascinating. I would watch it again.
Published 4 months ago by
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great movie.
Published 5 months ago by Missamark
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This movie is great!! So many woman can relate to Maria. Her husband loves her so much. She turned away from the one who wanted to give her all his love because of her past.
Published 7 months ago by Blessed
4.0 out of 5 stars More of an emotional pull than simply an erotic film
Craig Sheffer was very good. He has such a spotty career, but this was his best. Lance Young did a fine job of writing and directing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Wildlife Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Different kind of movie
I personally love this movie, but it is a slow paced movie, with a lot of learning opportunity if you want to discover yourself.
Published 16 months ago by Rebekah
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss is Bliss
I ordered this for my Kindle Fire, but really think also I must own a physical copy as well.. Aside from the dynamite sex scenes, and even better the sounds of ecstacy not viewed... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Annie
4.0 out of 5 stars Sheryl Lee is fantastic!
I have been trying to add all of Sheryl Lee's movies to my collection and am happy that I picked this movie as one of the first purchases. Sheryl is simply wonderful in this film! Read more
Published 18 months ago by D. Mcmillen
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