GenreDrama, Mystery, Romance Budget15 million USD LanguageEnglish
WriterRonald Bass, David Field Release dateMay 26, 2000 (2000-05-26) CastDemi Moore (Martha Marie), William Fichtner (Aaron Reilly), Stellan Skarsgard, Eloise Eonnet, Sinead Cusack Similar moviesFish Tank, The Last Witch Hunter, Factory Girl, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, Jupiter Ascending, Pitch Perfect 2
TaglineWhat if you had two lives at once. What if you knew that one life took place only in your dreams. What if you didn't know which life was real.
Passion of Mind is a 2000 American psychological romantic drama film starring Demi Moore. 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.
Demi Moore as Martha Marie / 'Marty' Talridge
Julianne Nicholson as Kim
William Fichtner as Aaron Reilly
Sinéad Cusack as Jessie (as Sinead Cusack)
Joss Ackland as Dr. Langer, the French Psychiatrist
Peter Riegert as Dr. Peters, the New York Psychiatrist
Stellan Skarsgård as William Granther
Eloise Eonnet as Jennifer 'Jenny' Talridge
Gerry Bamman as Edward 'Ed' Youngerman
Reviews to Passion of Mind were largely negative from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 17% rating based on 35 reviews. Moore was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Actress for this film.