A fifteen year marriage dissolves, leaving both the husband and wife, and their four children, devastated. He’s preoccupied with a career and a mistress, she with a career and caring for four young children. While they attempt to go their separate ways, jealousy and bitterness reconnect them. —IMDb
An advertising gofer-turned-writer and director, Alan Parker began his film career through his association with producer David Puttnam, another ad man with cinematic aspirations, who hired Parker to write the screenplay for the preteen romance Melody (1971). After a stint directing television commercials and short films for the BBC, Parker made his first movie, Bugsy Malone, in 1976. He joined the front ranks of young filmmakers two years later with the fact-based thriller Midnight Express, a brilliant and brutal retelling of the experiences of a young American who escaped from a Turkish prison where he had been incarcerated for drug possession. Both an exposé of government corruption and an indictment of American pomposity, it earned lavish acclaim and a number of honors, including a Best Director Oscar nomination for Parker.
The director followed this success with the megahit Fame in 1980. A box-office smash, it spawned a long-running TV series and became a fixture in the American… read more
Not really a big fan of divorce films like this, though this one stands out with believability and very minute sentimentalism thanks to the actors and the steady direction. The ending came as sort of a shock - it is an Alan Parker film after all - but all in all it felt like it could've gathered more in its characters' lives, and not with the contrivances you see in the more generic modes of this type of story.
Outstanding performances by all cast members: Finney, Keaton, and the kids. It has a non-formulaic feel while maintaining a lot of momentum. You don't know when the movie is going to end, but you know you're going forward. That said, I think the story is tighter than Faces, but close to being on par with A Woman Under the Influence.