Moon in the Gutter (French: La Lune dans le caniveau) is a 1983 French drama film directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix. It was entered into the 1983 Cannes Film Festival.. Although it immediately followed Beineix' big, commercial success Diva and featured two very big stars, Grard Depardieu and Nastassia Kinski, Moon in the Gutter was not understood by critics or audiences and failed at the box office. Noted for a vivid visual style, it was criticized by some as being pretentious.. It preceded a much better-appreciated cult success from the same director, known in the US and UK as Betty Blue. The film was based on a pulp-noir novel of the same name, written by David Goodis, but it was transferred in the film script from the docksides of Philadelphia to Marseille.