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In an ethereal, high-ceilinged room, women stand, waiting. Perhaps it's Purgatory and they're dead. In the room, two young women, one an actress and the other a psychologist, watch the last few days of their lives on a TV screen. Both are having affairs with married men, each has a long encounter with her lover's wife, and both these scenes take place in a ladies' room, one backstage at a play that's about to preview, the other at an opera house during the first act. The relationships between each pair of younger and older women take surprising turns, and in the room with the TV, a sylph asks probing and challenging questions of the two young women as they watch. Written by
This film wastes good actors like Greta Scacchi and Lorraine Bracco and even Mr Malcovich with a dreadful accent and playing his usual character doesn't help anything. The problem is that it starts so badly and the good parts come too late. The idea of mistresses meeting the wives of the men they are seeing in ladies toilets is a great one, and full of potency. However the director's use of theatrical devices reminds me of a 3rd year drama student's end of year performance. To further compound the comparison, they add a dash of lipstick lesbianism and there is even a large glass bowl of Ferrero Roche chocolates which are supposed to be a classy addition I suspect.
This film is just like an extended version of the Ambassadors ball.
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