Bliss

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Released 1997

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Director:
Lance Young
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
Bliss is a 1997 drama about erotic obsession, love and trust. Joseph (Craig Sheffer) and Maria (Sheryl Lee) are a young married couple whose sex life is unfulfilling. Maria confesses to Joseph that in their six months of marriage she has been unable to have an orgasm. Frustrated, Maria secretly begins seeing an unlicensed sex therapist, Balthazar (Terence Stamp), in a building across the street from the office where Joseph works. When Joseph sees Maria entering the building, to the titters of his co-workers, he bursts into the therapist's office and demands to know what is going on. Balthazar explains that he teaches his clients about the joys of the mind and how he teaches his clients to strive for what he calls "bliss," an emotional and spiritual state. Soon the couple are involved in tantric sex practices designed to heal the deep-seated emotional scars of Maria. Bliss is the first film from writer and director Lance Young.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    This consistently gripping, visually intoxicating film stands as a landmark of contemporary Turkish cinema.

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    Self-discovery always comes with a cost, and in Bliss the price is a great one. It is mesmerizing to watch it unfold in the lives of these two young people.

  • 50

    San Francisco Chronicle Walter Addiego

    Director Abdullah Oguz gives us lots of nice scenery, but the simplistic story and characters strain credibility. What's more, the climactic plot turn is as hokey as it gets.

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