Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.
When Jack and Sally announce that they're splitting up, this comes as a shock to their best friends Gabe and Judy. Maybe mostly because they also are drifting apart and are now being made aware of it. So while Jack and Sally try to go on and meet new people, the marriage of Gabe and Judy gets more and more strained, and they begin to find themselves being attracted to other people. Written by
Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>
When Sally (Judy Davis) and Jack (Sydney Pollack) are arguing in their living room, one of the crew members can be seen moving in the reflection off the picture glass on the back wall. See more »
Einstein was then celebrating, uh, the seventieth birthday anniversary and there was a colloquium given for him. And he said, "God doesn't play dice with the universe".
No. He just plays hide-and-seek.
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Many look at this as an autobiography of the real downfall of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen's long tenure as husband and wife. The ugly battle doesn't ruin the film for me,but increases it's power. Woody Allen really experiments with what causes a marriage to deflate or how it,over the years,isolates feelings between man and wife. The acting is stellar..not a bad performance that I saw. Probably one of the best casts I've seen in some time. The story is compelling and fascinating. Allen disects the inner struggles of what makes a marriage fall apart and in turn shows how a marriage could just need adjustments. Allen shows a side of him that really charts back to the older man/young woman of "Manhattan" in the facts that younger women can woo an older man. As Allen shows,an older man can see the things he was attracted to in his previous relationship except in a younger woman. The best aspect to me was how Allen shows one couple split up(Jack played by an excellent Sydney Pollack and Sally played by Judy Davis) when in actuality this relationship was stronger than Gabe and Judy's(Farrow,Allen). The film is intelligent,candid,very observant to the characters,and unique. The main problems from some is the hand held cameras and quick edits(or jump cuts). The only problem I had was with the narration and interview segments. I found that the true fans of Allen's films would understand the story without needed additional help from a source. ****1/2/*****
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