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Maria's Lovers (1984)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  January 1985 (USA)
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Ivan Bibic returns to his Pittsburgh PA suburb after surviving a Japanse POW camp, causing regular nightmares. All the time he remained faithfully devoted to his childhood love, fellow ... See full summary »

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Maria Bosic
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Ivan Bibic
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Ivan's Father
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Mrs. Wynic
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Harvey
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Rosie
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Joanie
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Frank
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Joe
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Al Griselli
Lela Ivev ...
Anna
Elena Koreneva ...
Vera
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Peter
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Ivan Bibic returns to his Pittsburgh PA suburb after surviving a Japanse POW camp, causing regular nightmares. All the time he remained faithfully devoted to his childhood love, fellow ethnic Yugoslavian virgin Maria Bosic. She dates him again, thus ruining a virtual engagement to captain Al Griselli. Against Ivan's dad's advice, they get married. But Ivan became psychologically impotent, feels unworthy of her and starts wondering, even looking for another girl. Meanwhile slick guitar-and-song-busker Clarence Butts moves in to South-Western PA, and seduces Maria. Written by KGF Vissers

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Desired by all... But loved by only one. See more »

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January 1985 (USA)  »

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Los amantes de María  »

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The film was nominated for a French Oscar (Cesar) for Best Foreign Film Award (Meilleur film étranger) by the French Film Academy in 1985 whilst earlier in 1984 Andrey Konchalovskiy for this film was nominated for the Golden Lion Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Neither of these noms were successful but actress Nastassja Kinski in 1985 was awarded the Silver Ribbon Award for Best Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera) by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists. See more »

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Version of The Lonely Voice of Man (1987) See more »

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Written by Ted Shapiro (as Shapiro) / Jimmy Campbell (as Campbell) / Reginald Connelly (as Connelly)
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You dreamed about her too long.
28 April 2010 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Maria's Lovers" is, first of all, a beautiful-looking film. Juan Ruiz Anchía does a fantastic job photographing the film, making wonderful use of light. Scene after scene is brilliantly framed and shot, at times feeling like a series of photographs. Anchía and director Andrei Konchalovsky make a great team. But this is essential to make a film such as this watchable, because the general attitude of virtually every character is endlessly frustrating. Most are motivated by sex, some by fear, some by greed, some by possessiveness, some by misguided innocence.

There are no particular flaws in any of the performances. Kinski, Savage, Mitchum and Carradine create characters of real depth. There are times when "Maria's Lovers" has the overpowering sense of being made in the mold of the great classic tragedies. Which is to say, everyone is more miserable more often than is entirely likely in real life. But I could be wrong, and perhaps there are lives which very closely parallel those shown here. Either way, it is a supremely difficult, painful, intense, and ultimately believable picture. To the right audience, it could very nearly be considered perfect. It's a clean, true, human depiction.


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