An Unmarried Woman

An Unmarried Woman

I’m sure there are reasons it’s in the Criterion Collection but, for a date movie with Anne to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer, this was the wrong spur-of-the-moment library-DVD choice. We stopped about 1/3 of the way, finding every character to be unpleasant company and making awful choices in all directions. None of it struck us as artful enough to be compelling. Maybe some other time.

Note: It is a very, very rare* occasion that a man directs a film about "a liberated woman" and it doesn't end up looking like a film he made in a state of wishful thinking about a married woman he'd like to run off with. Instead of coming across as a story about empathy, it comes off as a fantasy about what men *think* women are like. Again, I haven't seen the whole thing yet, but this really gave me that feeling.

*Krzysztof Kieslowski for the win.