Husbands And Wives

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(out of 5)


Woody Allen‘s examination of married couples isn’t as marvelous as his similar look into the world of siblings (Hannah and Her Sisters), but it features choice moments and brilliant performances. It also showcases Allen and Mia Farrow (her last appearance in his films) in a relationship that mirrored the Soon-Yi Previn scandal that was making headlines at the time (and did a huge amount of good to the box-office results of this film). Farrow and Allen are shocked to death when their best friends (Judy Davis, Sydney Pollack) announce that they are getting divorced. Davis tries out Liam Neeson in her new single life, while Pollock starts seeing a much younger woman (Lysette Anthony). Witnessing this breakup brings new grains of doubt to their own marriage, and things aren’t improved when Allen becomes interested in one of his writing students (Juliette Lewis). The plot drags here and there, but the dialogue is fantastic and truly captures some of the turbulence that can happen in any relationship. The highlight, however, is Davis’s incredibly energetic sarcasm: she not only steals the show, she is the show, and her Don Juan speech is unforgettable.


USA, 1992

Directed by

Screenplay by Woody Allen

Cinematography by

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Film Editing by


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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Judy Davis as “Sally”)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) (Woody Allen)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Judy Davis)

New York Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actress (Judy Davis)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actress (Judy Davis)

Nomination
Best Supporting Actor (Sydney Pollack)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actress (Judy Davis)

National Board Of Review Award
Best Supporting Actress (Judy Davis)

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Original Screenplay

British Academy Award
Best Screenplay – Original

Nomination
Best Actress (Judy Davis)

Cesar Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film

Boston Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actress (Judy Davis)


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