Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Nov 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A failing artists life is turned upside down when his wife leaves him for his best friend.
My Take on it – This is a film that I had never heard of before coming across it during my quest to watch all films that have received Oscar nominations for its performances.
David Warner and Vanessa Redgrave are both great actors and that gave ne some hoe that this film would be interesting to watch.
Unfortunately, this movie is horrendous and doesn’t make much sense at all.
The story is told in a very esoteric and existential way that ends up losing any impact because it fails to be coherent on any level.
This causes things to not have any impact that it might have had otherwise.
Both Redgrave and Warner’s performances are lost here because they aren’t given enough to do with these characters that would help make them more interesting and endearing to the audience which in turn makes it so much harder to even care about what they do or what happens to them.
Despite this, Redgrave somehow was able to get an Oscar nomination for this very strange performance.
The story is quite boring and moves at a snail’s pace which isn’t helped by the fact that there isn’t a very coherent plot at all.
Bottom Line – Terrible film that makes so little sense the whole way through. The story tries too hard to be seen on an existential level and loses any real impact that it might have had. Warner and Redgrave are both great actors but this film doesn’t allow them enough room to do anything with the characters and story that they are given. Despite this, Redgrave was somehow nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here. The story is quite boring and the lack of a real coherent plot hurts things too much.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Vanessa Redgrave’s Best Actress Oscar nomination for this movie coincided with sister Lynn Redgrave’s similar nomination for Georgy Girl (1966). Such a coincidence had occurred only once before when sisters Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland respectively vied for the Best Actress Oscar for Suspicion (1941) and Hold Back the Dawn (1941). (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (2/10)
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