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Don't Hang Up (1990)
"Separation" (original title)

TV Movie  -  27 June 1990 (USA)
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When Sarah, a New York actress, calls Joe, a London playwright they begin a very special relationship conducted through trans-Antlantic phone calls. And both Sarah and Joe have very special... See full summary »

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When Sarah, a New York actress, calls Joe, a London playwright they begin a very special relationship conducted through trans-Antlantic phone calls. And both Sarah and Joe have very special conditions they both have to fight to overcome their separation. Written by Kathy Li

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20 February 2010 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

I was flipping through the TV channels among big budget movies which I don't care for or have seen a million times when I caught this movie, which had just started. Immediately the conversation between these two characters made get out of my uninterested state and I started to try and understand who they were and why were they arguing over the phone.

I learned that they were really far apart and they were arguing about the reasons why she hadn't visited him yet. Things got heated up in the conversation between these two characters, with shouts and recriminations, and in the peak of the tension between them I was expecting this scene to end in a routine kind of way, with either of them hanging up and storming off. They didn't. From there, you enter in the lives of these two people who try hard to get intimate over the phone, but it's only at first when you think the physical distance is what keep them apart. That's what this movie makes you feel: how personal personal relations are, and how different is to talk to a person... in the flesh.

Now, in a more technical review, the acting seems a bit too theatrical for me, but in spite of that there were scenes that really got me. I admit for the most part I liked the dialogs/script/story more than the actual scenes, but I think it is due to the short runtime of the film, it passes really quick. It is so condensed that I had to watch it twice to fully get the story and enjoy the acting. It is full of metaphors and subtle insinuations. The replay value is high, all in all worth watching.

Movies that reminded of this movie are: Tape (2001), Before Sunset (2004) , Love Letters (1999), When Harry Met Sally (1989)


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