Husbands And Wives (1992)

WOODY ALLEN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1992.  , .  Screenplay by Woody Allen.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1992.  Golden Globe Awards 1992.  

Judy Davis, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow in Husbands and Wives. Davis was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award.

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.

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