Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 May 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A wealthy London doctor and a divorced mother both have an affair with a young man who dreams of traveling to America.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had very little interest in seeing fr quite a while and finally saw since I’m trying to expand my knowledge of films with Oscar Best Actor nominations.
This film was actually very slow moving for me and I didn’t find it very interested overall.
They try to show how people can get caught up in their professional lives while they chose to completely neglect their social lives and are willing to settle for small amounts of love without the need to commit to finding a real and loving relationship.
The fact that both of the main characters are aware that they are sharing the “company” of the same young man doesn’t bother either of them since neither cares to open themselves up to the possibility of a deep and meaningful relationship and prefer a superficial one instead.
Both Peter Finch and Glenda Jackson are quite good here because they show that they can distance themselves from real feelings.
The slow pace of the film causes too many lulls along the way which in turn makes the story even less interesting to watch as the story begins to unfold.
Bottom Line – Film that tries to show how people get caught up in their lives and are willing to settle for small amounts of love along the way without trying to find a reason to commit to a real relationship. Finch and Jackson are both quite good here, but the story itself moves along at such a slow pace that it too often reaches lulls where it is less interesting to watch what will happen as the story unfolds.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ian Bannen was fired from the role of Daniel Hirsh shortly after filming began. Apparently, he was so nervous about what kissing another actor on screen might do to his career, he could not concentrate enough to even get going with the part. He later said that losing the role set back his career. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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