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When you first pick up a box or disk entitled "Women and Men 2", you're thinking some sort of erotic thriller. The last thing you expect to see is 'produced by David Brown', a man known for producing superior quality motion pictures (Jaws, A Few Good Men, Driving Miss Daisy to mention a few).
What you get is a trio of poignant shorts, about mature relationships between men and women. What you get are the talents of Matt Dillon and Juliette Binoche, Mike Figgis and Jonathan Demme as well as other talented, but lesser known performers..
The stories are well crafted the performances excellent-a nice diversion of 90 or so minutes.
I had never heard of this actress before. After seeing this episode with her great performance, I started looking for her movies. Her beauty and talent amazed me. Since then I've seen all her movies. In my opinion, she is one of the most beautiful and talented actresses of our time. I recently saw her in: " Breaking and Entering," with Jude Law and fell in love with her all over again! Although she has aged but still has that radiant beauty. She is just magnificent in every role she is offered to play and I read an article about her that it is not the money that attracts her to a script but the story and directors are. Her Beautiful face and touching performance in: " That Unbearable Lighness of Being," which I've seen so many times has stayed with me all these years
A trio of mini-TV movies based on short stories by outmoded American
writers. 'Kansas' is 'The Wizard of Oz' updated to working class New York
in 1939, on the eve of World War 2, with Kyra Sedgewick as an awful wife
longing for escape when the world of her dreams stales, forcing her boxer
husband Matt Dillon into a potentially fatal fight.
'Dilemma' pays homage to the 1950s Hollywood melodrama, and features Ray Liotta having nightmares prompted by work pressure (he's in advertising, of course), alcoholic wife (Andie MacDowell as an escaped inmate from the Tennessee Williams Crazyhouse), fears for his kids, and the possibility that he might have to fight in Korea.
Mike Figgis' 'Mara' is what you'd expect from a Henry Miller story set in Paris: much talking of talks, little walking of walks.
The first two films are done in the style of glum Masterpiece Theatre (eg Eugene O'Neill), all contrived scenarios and stilted dialogue. Figgis, hampered by indifferent material, squeezes some of the empathetic visual magic he would perfect in 'one night stand'.
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