Passion of Mind

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Passion of Mind
Passion of mind.jpg
Promotional film poster
Directed byAlain Berliner
Produced byGary Lucchesi
Ronald Bass
Carole Scotta
Tom Rosenberg
Written byRonald Bass
David Field
Music byRandy Edelman
CinematographyEduardo Serra
Edited byAnne V. Coates
Distributed byParamount Classics
Release date
May 26, 2000 (2000-05-26)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$769,272[1]

Passion of Mind is a 2000 American psychological romantic drama film starring Demi Moore.[2] It was the first English-language film from Belgian director Alain Berliner, best known for the arthouse success Ma Vie en Rose.


Marty (Moore) is a high-powered single literary agent in Manhattan. Marie (also Moore) is a widow in Provence with two daughters and a peaceful life. Marty has been seeing a therapist (Peter Riegert) to deal with her vivid dreams of Marie's life; when Marie falls asleep she dreams Marty's life, but is much less disturbed by it; each woman is convinced that the other is a figment of her imagination. When Marty meets Aaron (William Fichtner) they become friends and eventually lovers; terrified that her vivid other life means that she's losing her mind, Marty does not want to tell Aaron about it but finally does. Marie, meanwhile, has met William (Stellan Skarsgård); she too is reluctant to tell William about her dreams, particularly since she (as Marty) is falling in love with Aaron, but realizes that she cannot keep such an important part of her life a secret.

The two men react very differently: William is jealous, while Aaron is skeptical but not at all threatened, and wants only for Marty to be happy. Dreams and real life begin to merge when Marie goes on holiday with William to Paris, and Marty wakes up with an ashtray from the hotel on her night stand. Eventually Marty/Marie must come to terms with reality and choose which life is real and which is illusion.



Reviews to Passion of Mind were largely negative from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 19% rating based on 36 reviews. Moore was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress for this film.


  1. ^ Passion of Mind at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ New York Times Theater Reviews (2002), The New York Times Film Reviews: 1999-2000, Taylor & Francis, p. 319, ISBN 0415936969.

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