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Enemies: A Love Story (1989)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  13 December 1989 (USA)
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A ghostwriter finds himself romantically involved with his current wife, a married woman and his long-vanished wife.



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Set in 1949 New York, a Holocaust survivor who makes a living as a ghostwriter for a Jewish rabbi, finds himself involved with three women - his current wife, a passionate affair with a married woman, and his long-vanished wife whom he thought was killed during the war and suddenly reappears. The film concentrates on the views of the Jewish survivors, who no longer abide by religious morales and question a God who could let the Holocaust occur. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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13 December 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Enemigos - Una historia de amor  »

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$7,754,571 (USA)

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Well-acted but hollow...
29 March 2008 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Filmmaker Paul Mazursky obviously lavished a lot of love on "Enemies: A Love Story", but the material's thin design shows through, that and a curiously limited budget which gives the nostalgic trimmings a misplaced, artificial appearance. Pretentious drama adapted from Isaac Bashevis Singer's novel takes place in New York 1949, with Holocaust survivor Ron Silver involved with three different women: his second wife, his mistress, and his first wife long thought deceased. Solid acting by Silver and Lena Olin, superb work by Anjelica Huston nearly keeps this stilted formula afloat, but the period flavor was too elaborate a feat for low-budget Mazursky to capture, and the finale is sadly ineffective. ** from ****

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