Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Husbands and Wives (1992) (2nd time)

When their best friends announce that they're separating, a professor and his wife discover the faults in their marriage. [imdb]

Nominated for 2 Oscars:

Best Supporting Actress: Judy Davis
Best Original Screenplay

The last film colaboration between and Woody Allen and his long-term girlfriend and muse Mia Farrow (filmed right before Woody got involved with Mia's adopted daughter); that's some trivia, right?!
This is a very smart dramedy about relationships, about how men and women connect to eachother. It has a sharp screenplay (as always), it's easy to watch and the camera work is rather groundbreaking :) for Americans, at least. The film is shot with hand-held camera and often times there's a cut right in the middle of the dialogue. It also has an interview perspective, with actors sometimes talking directly into the camera and someone asking them questions.
To me, it deserved to win both Oscars, especially the one for Best Supporting Actress (Judy Davis). Her energy and dead-on honesty will blow you away. But acting is great all the way, I would've also nominated Mia Farrow for Best Supporting Actress and maybe Sydney Pollack for Supporting Actor. Though I loved The Crying Game's original screenplay, I think Husbands and Wives should've taken the Oscar for it. It also deserved a nomination for Best Director and maybe even one for Best Picture.
My rating for the film: 8.5/10. Though I loved it more the first time around, it still is a great achievement and everybody should see it.

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