Dating sex love movies
Though the film’s frank discussions about, and depictions of, sex (a condom on screen, quelle horreur), are hardly as shocking now as they were in the 1970s, the characters’ detestability and blatant misogyny are still as unsettling as ever.
Jack Nicholson is the stand-out star and Nichols, to his credit, reigns the nastiness in (somewhat) and keeps the performance from being a caricature.
Beginning with the divorce hearing of Gilles (Stéphane Freiss) and Marion (Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi), after which they go to a hotel for one final fuck, we track back through a dinner party that shows their relationship in its final fractures, the birth of their child, their wedding night, and their first meeting, each sketched out with the director’s fine ability to say a lot with a little, and never feeling gimmicky in its structure.
It’s a bleak film, to be certain — as with Noe’s, the ‘happiness’ of the ending/beginning is undercut by what we’ve seen coming before/after.
Their passion fizzles to dramatic blow-outs (he yells, she cries) that end in an overdose and divorce.
As they grow older, Sandy and Jonathan grow more and more disillusioned by the opposite sex – but while Jonathan is angry, Sandy simply falls into complacency and nonchalance.
It says something about the lack of progression in Hollywood that a part like this still feels like a rarity.
She gets divorced, goes into therapy, starts dipping her toes into the dating scene, and eventually falls for a British artist (Alan Bates).
“An Unmarried Woman” (1978) Less the depiction of a crumbling relationship, like most of the films in this piece, than a portrait of what happens in the aftermath.
Something of a mainstream breakthrough for Paul Mazursky, one of American cinema’s more underrated talents (the man behind “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and “Enemies: A Love Story,” among others).
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After doing the rounds on Vo D for a few weeks, where many of you will have seen it, Sarah Polley‘s “Take This Waltz” starts to roll out in theaters from tomorrow, and we can’t recommend it enough; it’s a messy, sometimes frustrating film, but a deeply felt, beautifully made and wonderfully acted one, and we named it last week as one of the best of the year so far.
But there’s also a specificity and a compassion to the relationship in question; no one partner is more at fault than the other, and it feels more that they’re two people who simply weren’t ever meant to be together.