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Husbands and Wives
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.
Performances : 7/10
Story : 6.4/10
Production : 7.9/10
Overall : 7.1/10
At the rate I'm going I think I'll be done the entire Woody Allen catalogue by June. Husbands and Wives is more of the same from Allen, narratively speaking. Production-wise though it's definitely one of his more unique. The cross cutting between the drama unfolding between the characters and the interviews taking place after the fact was inspired and the editing techniques employed is jarring (I promise I mean that in a complimentary way).
Allen and company are great in their respective roles. Sydney Pollack was wonderful, as was Liam Neeson, who for some reason didn't have a gun at any point in the entire movie.
Film #26 of Project 90
”It’s the second law of thermodynamics, sooner or later everything turns to shit.”
Shockingly honest and outrageously critical, Husbands and Wives could have been a sadistic experience if it wasn't for Woody Allen’s unique sense of humor. Like any other movie from Allen it looks very simple and ordinary at first but if you look closer you’ll see that Allen’s precise and delicate portrayal of various characters and their romantic behaviours along with a distinctive narrative structure have provided the film with an unbelievable power to not only shock its viewers but also to ruin all their myths abut love, romance and happiness. In short Husbands and Wives leaves its viewers discombobulated.
The relationship between…
It's when you watch a Woody Allen movie at its best, with believable, complex, and psychologically sophisticated characters that you realise how fluff like To Rome With Love is Allen gone completely off the boil.
Husbands and Wives examines the nature of married life and the idea of the grass being greener on the other side in a much more satisfying way than in that later film. The innovative faux-documentary style works very well and the characters' motivations are explored with real acuity.
It's to the movie's credit that it wasn't completely overshadowed by the off-screen drama between Allen and Mia Farrow. This is partly down to the amazingly natural performances form all involved.
I don't trust anyone who doesn't like this.
One of the best films ever made about marriage, as Woody and Mia Farrow witness the break-up of their best friends (Sydney Pollack and Judy Davis), and begin to see that dissatisfaction reflected in their own relationship.
When people say that Allen's more recent dramas have been a pale imitation of his best work, this may well be the "best work" they have in mind: a bristling, brilliant examination of adulthood, romance and the conflicting emotions held within the heart of every human being.
Though filmed in a somewhat peculiar manner - as a mockumentary complete with handheld photography, jump cuts and talking head inserts - it remains a simply staggering achievement, building exponentially in power and resonance as it…
I was both surprised at the beginning of Husbands and Wives to see startling editing choices combined with a very documentary-like cinematography approach. It didn't feel like the sort of thing that I would expect in a Woody Allen film, though for the most part, the film's unique style is one of the film's greatest asset. Minus some nitpicks about this aspect of the film, I don't really have any other qualms with the picture.
I think that Woody is at his best when his films have a dramatic edge to them, and Husbands and Wives certainly fits into this category. The film is truly a drama, albeit one that I would argue is very funny.
The actors are great…
This is quite a disturbing film to watch in 2014, what with all the baggage of Allen and Farrow's personal lives. It's made all the more haunting due to the documentary filmmaking style adopted here.
In 1992, Woody Allen was standing on the precipice of his very public breakup with Mia Farrow. His heart was leading him in other directions, toward a much younger Soon-Yi Previn, Farrow's adopted daughter. While this was legally permissible (Farrow and Allen were not married; Soon-Yi was daughter of Farrow, not Allen), the taboos created in the court of public opinion soured the relationship.
Although Allen does not believe it, "Husbands and Wives" could be an example of art imitating life. In the movie, Woody plays Gabe Roth, who is shocked to hear that his friends Jack (Sydney Pollack) and Sally (Judy Davis) are separating after many years of marriage. While Gabe is stunned, his wife Judy (Mia Farrow) takes…
It has been a long time since I've enjoyed a Allen's film this much .
The story kept me stuck to the film , albeit the plot twist was too obvious .
I also have to mention that the fact that this film was "directed" as a documentary turned it in something much more interesting
Oh , yes...Woody's character is still an intelectual guy mad with the world like all the characters he had played before
imo, 演比劇本convicing, especially Juliette Lewis
"Sometimes you can be alone when you're with someone."
Podría citar casi todo el guión de esta película, parece que Woody jamás me dejará de sorprender con la genialidad de sus guiones.
Una trama común y sencilla, desarrollada con la simpleza del característico estilo de este director.
Me ha gustado más de lo que esperaba, se ganó un buen puesto dentro de mis favoritas.
Los Angeles, ca
Fun doc style
Relationships are messy. People are complicated. You never root for a character because whenever you get a inch to identifying yourself in the character you go on despising that person- he's too brass, he's too miserable to be around with, she's to selfish, she's so heartless. Each character reveals something despiseful about ourselves that makes it so hard for me to like them yet its so genuine.
It is the closest you'll ever get to a movie that mirrors the stages in a relationship and how everything adds up to the definitive moment of love, break-ups, hook-ups and self-realization. And don't you wish your real conversation is that quotable and highly dramatic?
Love is like a buffer for loneliness.
The story of two couples and the destructions and reparations they go through. The film, at times, can be wickedly funny, but Woody Allen doesn't act well in dramatic roles. Any time he or Mia Farrow are onscreen, the film drags and doesn't seem worth it; but when Sydney Pollack and Judy Davis come on, the film kicks it into a higher gear. How Judy Davis lost the Oscar for this role, I will never know. She is beyond incredible. The entire phone conversation she has in the second act is unbelievably good. This is lesser Allen but worth the watch for Davis' turn alone.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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