Always (1985)


(out of 5)

 films an autobiographically-inspired exploration of his break-up from his real-life wife . He plays a fictionalized version of himself, who narrates the tale of their happy marriage and bitter breakup in prologue before the story commences with them getting together to sign their divorce papers. The night that Judy (Townsend) comes over to finalize the deal, he makes them dinner and they get drunk, she gets extremely ill and passes the night at his place. The next morning, his weekend house guests show up, her sister () comes to bring her her medicine, and pretty soon it’s a chamber piece of contemplation as the main couple at the centre of the story re-evaluate their past and reconsider their future with helpful commentary from their companions. Here’s the downside: it’s excruciating to sit through. This early Jaglom film is one of his most supremely boring, unbearable thanks to his completely unappealing, self-indulgent presence and Townsend’s painfully whiny personality. You’re hardly sympathetic enough to care whether or not these characters stay alive let alone live happily ever after, and while there is lots of naturalistic dialogue and believable acting, there is far too little humour or dramatic tension to make it worth the effort.

International Rainbow, Jagfilms, The Rainbow Film Company

USA, 1985

Directed by

Screenplay by Henry Jaglom

Cinematography by Hanania Baer

Produced by Henry Jaglom

Music by

Film Editing by Henry Jaglom


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