So I'm watching Moulin Rouge, which I admit is my first mistake, but I gotta say I think the only likeable character in this film is Harold Zidler the owner of the Moulin Rouge. He's the only one that's actually up front with Satine, actually concerned when she's sick, and not creepily possessive. He's just a realist, and yes, his way of viewing things is problematic but so much of his life's work is invested in this project that hinges on one person who in the beginning had similar goals. So he gets backed into a corner with a shitty contract, and the pivotal player in that contract (and here is in fact a big problem, because as a pivotal player Satine should've had more of a say in that transaction) takes an unexpected left turn in goals and leaves him a bit in the lurch.
Basically what I'm trying to say is every character in this movie is terrible but I feel more sympathy for the honest hustler than the possessive, irrational romantic.
(edit: I feel like I should stress that in the beginning of the film, Satine showed equal amount of enthusiasm for the original plan of hooking an investor to turn the Moulin Rouge into a theatre. To me, suggesting an autonomous decision to take part in this plan. Zidler only reiterates what she already knows unlike the other characters in the film who are ALL double dealing in some way... or are just really creepily obsessive.)