My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Another Woman (1988)

WOODY ALLEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1988.  .  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Gene Hackman and Gena Rowlands in Another Woman.

Woody Allen returns to the Bergmanesque style that served him so well in Interiors (but did not in September). A female version of Wild Strawberries, it stars a brilliant  as a literature professor whose entire life comes crashing down around her when she starts to realize that her relationships with the people around her aren’t at all what she thought they were. Needing a place to work quietly on her latest book without distraction from family, she rents an apartment in a building where her next-door neighbour is a psychoanalyst. Able to hear the doctor’s sessions through a ventilation grate in her wall, Rowlands becomes particularly moved by the confessions of an emotionally troubled pregnant woman () whose sessions provoke introspection on Rowlands’ part. She thinks about the men in her life (, ), her father (), her rebellious stepdaughter (, who seems to have had a late-eighties career playing such types) and her brother.  Even a chance encounter with an old friend ( in a fantastic cameo) prompts her to wonder how it is that she has lost touch with so many people who were supposed to be so close to her. Sven Nykvist’s moody cinematography further enhances Allen’s successful efforts at achieving a beautiful sense of intimacy from all the situations our leading lady finds herself in, and the journey is a fascinating one.

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