Husbands and Wives

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Husbands and Wives ★★★½ 1992 (R)

Art imitates life as Allen/Farrow relationship dissolves onscreen (and off) and Woody becomes involved with young student. Mature, penetrating look at modern pair bonding and loneliness offers more painful honesty and sadness than outright laughs, though still retains essential Allen charm. Stylistically burdened by experiment with pseudo-documentary telling of tale and spasmodic hand-held cameras that annoy more than entertain. Excellent, intriguing cast, notably Davis as the overwhelming, overbearing wife/ friend. Trailers became unintentionally funny in light of the highly publicized personal problems of Allen and Farrow. 107m/ C VHS, DVD . Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Judy Davis, Sydney Pollack, Liam Neeson, Juliette Lewis, Lysette Anthony, Blythe Danner; D: Woody Allen; W: Woody Allen; C: Carlo Di Palma. British Acad. ‘92: Orig. Screenplay; L.A. Film Critics ‘92: Support. Actress (Davis); Natl. Bd. of Review ‘92: Support. Actress (Davis); Natl. Soc. Film Critics ‘92: Support. Actress (Davis).