Saturday, April 25, 2009

Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)

Rita, a middle aged New York City homemaker, finds herself in an emotional crisis which forces her to re-examine her life. [imdb]

Nominated for 2 Oscars:

Best Actress: Joanne Woodward
Best Supporting Actress: Sylvia Sidney

Another film it took me forever to find. I might have a weak spot for Joanne Woodward, as I always find her to be beautiful, even when she's 43 or 60 (Mr. and Mrs. Bridge).
There isn't much subject to the film, it's that type of soft 70s movie. It resembles an Ingmar Bergman, it's slow, with a simple (but effective) screenplay and it tries to say something about time and how individuals change. The first 20 minutes are the best, but the 2nd part is not really weak either. Acting is top class, especially Sylvia Sidney's brief (but so much fun) performance as Rita's mother. Joanne Woodward is also very good - as always. I'd also mention Martin Balsam, playing the husband, he should've received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
My rating for the film: 7.5/10. It's an emotional drama, surprising at times and with great performances.

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