Erica is unmarried only temporarily in that her successful, wealthy husband of seventeen years has just left her for a girl he met while buying a shirt in Bloomingdale's. The film shows Erica coming to terms with the break-up while revising her opinions of herself, redefining that self in its own right rather than as an extension of somebody else's personality, and finally going out with another man. Erica refuses to drop everything for Saul, an abstract expressionist painter, simply out of love for him because he expects her to. It is not so much loneliness that is her problem, and the problems that men, flitting around this newly "available" woman like moths round a flame, bring to her sense of independence.
She laughs, she cries, she feels angry, she feels lonely, she feels guilty, she makes breakfast, she makes love, she makes do, she is strong, she is weak, she is brave, she is scared, she is... an unmarried woman.
Did You Know?
Due to delays in filming Luna
(1979), actress Jill Clayburgh
missed attending a number of awards ceremonies for which she had been nominated for An Unmarried Woman
(1978). Around the same time, dubbing sessions for Luna
(1979) had to be postponed until Clayburgh had finished work on Starting Over
(1979). See more
Erica orders white wine at the bar. She is given red wine and sips it. When she joins friends at their table, her wine is white. See more
[Martin and Erica are jogging along the river
Jesus Christ! Look at this - my sneaker's ruined!
They're only thirty-five dollars.
[Erica takes Martin's shoe and cleans it off for him
Fucking city's turning into one big pile of DOG SHIT!
[shouting at passing traffic
Come on out and take a crap on me - everybody else is. Fuck.
[Martin lights a cigarette
...been jogging for 2 1/2 miles - you're giving yourself lung cancer.
Music by Johnny Green
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Billie Holiday See more