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Brooks Wilson is in crisis. He is torn between his wife Selma and two daughters and his mistress Grace, and also between his career as a successful illustrator and his feeling that he might still produce something worthwhile. Written by Gary Couzens <gjcouzens@btinternet.com>

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Brooks Wilson: Sel, how come all teenage girls are sex maniacs?
Selma Wilson: Ha-ha-ha, there's only ONE sex maniac around here.
Brooks Wilson: Oh, yeah? Then, how come a little kid like Marianne is just aching for me? A guy, twice her age.
Selma Wilson: Three times her age. She doesn't know you're alive.
Selma Wilson: You know what she called me in the car?
Selma Wilson: Grandpa.
Brooks Wilson: Mr. Wilson. Twice, she called me Mr. Wilson.
Selma Wilson: Oh, she's obsessed all right.
Brooks Wilson: Practically begging me to take her to the Gates of Ecstasy.
Selma Wilson: Oh, hmm, Mr. Wilson, take me to the Gates of Ecstasy, will you? ...
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Music by Bernardo Segall
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"Everybody has his own good reasons"
6 July 2003 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

In the great Jean Renoir classic "Rules of the Game", a character played by the director himself comments that "everybody has his own good reasons." This rightly has been taken to be the great humanist director's basic philosophy of life. Seeing, over and over again, this understanding, non-judgmental attitude by a narrative artist toward his characters' weaknesses is what makes art film audiences love Renoir's work and consider him one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Irvin Kershner's "Loving" is one of the rare Hollywood films worthy of being called Renoirian, and it is for just this reason. Even though "Loving" is filled with highly-flawed characters making seemingly disastrous choices about their lives, its genius is how it puts the audience in a position where it cannot (or at least cannot with any decency) judge them. This may be more than many audience members can handle, being so used to films with heroes and villains about whom they are allowed to feel smugly superior. The legendary "New Yorker" critic Pauline Kael, in her rave review of the film, wrote that it "looks at the failures of middle-class life without despising the people; it understands that they already despise themselves" and that there's "a decency in the way that Kershner is fair to everyone." We could use a few more films like "Loving" out there in the American film cannon. If you every get a chance to see this film, don't hesitate to do so!


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