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Husbands And Wives (1992)
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Review Date: September 05, 1999
Director: Woody Allen
Writer:
Producers: Robert Greenhut
Actors:
Judy Davis as Sally
Sydney Pollack as Jack
Woody Allen as Gabe Roth
Mia Farrow as Judy Roth
Juliette Lewis as Rain
Plot:
Interlocking stories of two married couples as they go through some tough times during their long-term marriages. This film combines a faux-documentary to its narrative seamlessly, offering us a further glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of the parties involved.
Critique:
Thinking of getting married? Think again, and watch this movie with your loved one. It's sure to get you talking for days. This film isn't only for those getting married either, the feelings, situations and conclusions brought up in this film, can be appreciated by anyone who's ever been in a relationship. They are the questions and thoughts that cross all of our minds. And despite Woody Allen's blatant cynicism towards the subject (See Little Known Facts below for all the dirty details), this film does offer many varying opinions on the subjects of love, fidelity, trust, companionship, lust, and ultimately, marriage. The performances in this film are top-notch with Judy Davis and Sydney Pollack tearing up the screen with reality, and Woody and Mia eerily wandering through, what probably was, real conversations which they were having in their own relationship together at that time. Liam Neeson was another knockout performer, and the writing by Allen was simply inspired. I could watch this film over and over again, and always laugh or notice something new that I missed the times before. I also loved the documentary style of this movie (Some people were really annoyed by the handheld camera, but not me), but certainly could've done without Juliette Lewis' presence (Her scenes seemed to go on a little too long, if you ask me, but hey, Woody's a genius, so what the hell do I know? :)). All in all, this film is geared towards anyone who's had a loving relationship and thought about whether or not that person is the right person with whom they would like to spend the rest of their lives. It's fun to watch, interesting to hear, and revelatory to discuss.
(c) 2014 Berge Garabedian
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