89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #22 – An Unmarried Woman (1978)


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In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 22nd review of the 89 chosen Films…


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“I’ll tell you something Erica – the longer I’m married to you the more you sound like my mother. ” – Martin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Dec 2016)

Brief Synopsis – After her husband of sixteen years leaves her for a younger woman, a wealthy woman must try to find her way amongst the obstacles of once again being single.

My Take on it – When I saw that this film was one of the nominees for Best Picture, I was quite perplexed based solely on the synopsis because it doesn’t sound like something that had a chance of being considered among the elite of the year.

After having watched it, I now can understand how I made such a wrong assumption.

This story is written so beautifully that the characters (mainly the main character) feel so real and genuine.

Jill Clayburgh was the perfect choice for this role and she really shines here as a woman trying to find her place in her new and unexpected situation.

The situations and characters are all quite interesting and you easily get sucked in wanting to see where things will go as the film moves forward.

The way that the main characters journey of self rediscovery is done in a great way that it doesn’t feel too Hollywoodish and you can imagine real people dealing with similar kinds of situations in life.

This film easily has now made it to a worthy slot on my top ten movies of the year 1978.

Bottom Line – Clayburgh is superb here because she can play the character so well no matter her situation and it feels so real and genuine the whole way through.  The story is a great journey of self rediscovery after a major life change.  Really found the characters interesting to watch because they are all written so well and was constantly curious where things would eventually lead. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Publicity for this picture declared that actress Jill Clayburgh did not have one single day off during the film’s ten week production shoot. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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