Review: ‘Salt on Our Skin’

Salt on Our Skin is an old-fashioned weepie about mismatched lovers whose rare, passionate encounters over 30 years make both their lives worth living.

Salt on Our Skin is an old-fashioned weepie about mismatched lovers whose rare, passionate encounters over 30 years make both their lives worth living.

Couple’s odyssey is told in flashback and v.o. by the 40ish Greta Scacchi. Refreshing twist here is that Scacchi follows her heart as well as her intellect.

Shortly after discovering true ecstasy in Vincent D’Onofrio’s arms in the late 1950s, Scacchi discovers Camus, Sartre and – bingo! – Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex. When D’Onofrio proposes, Scacchi assures him it could never work: she’s a restless intellectual, he’s a hunky fisherman, and a future cannot be built on sex alone. They part but end up trysting every so often.

Based on Benoite Groult’s 1988 bestseller [Les vaisseaux du coeur], which was hailed for its frank descriptions of female sexual desire, conventional pic relies on the two leads’ personalities and does not innovate. The heat and devotion between the real-life couple are convincing. (They also starred in Gillian Armstrong’s 1991 Fires Within.)

Salt on Our Skin

Germany - France - Canada

Production

Constantin. Director Andrew Birkin; Producer Bernd Eichinger, Martin Moszkowicz; Screenplay Andrew Birkin, Bee Gilbert; Camera Dietrich Lohmann; Editor Dagmar Hirtz; Music Klaus Doldinger; Art Director Jean-Baptiste Tard

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1993. Running time: 110 MIN.

With

Greta Scacchi Vincent D'Onofrio Anais Jenneret Petra Berndt Claudine Auger Rolf Illig
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