Dr. David Hurst shares a dental practice and quiet suburban life with his wife, Dana. Their well-established home life with their three daughters is thrown into an unexpected tumult when Dave begins to believe that he witnessed his wife in an intimate moment with another man. Feeling utterly defeated, Dave turns to Slater, one of his disgruntled patients for help in trying to regain grip on his sanity. However, Slater’s lone wolf, freewheeling attitude results in advice Dave is not quite prepared to take. –inbaseline.com
The son of director Oscar Rudolph, writer-director Alan Rudolph followed in the footsteps of mentor Robert Altman, embracing a similar kind of ensemble picture while pursuing his own personal, less satiric, more human vision. Despised by mainstream Hollywood, he has managed to stay true to his idiosyncratic muse and remain in the game despite never having had a breakthrough commercial success. Rudolph’s dialogue has a snappy, flirtatious quality, and his distinctive “pan-and-zoom” style allows audiences to experience performances that are not built from cut to cut. It is not unusual for a Rudolph film to contain four or five shots that are as long as six or seven minutes, unheard of in this era of high-tech editing. Actors who like working with him because he lets them get into real-life rhythms wave their usual salaries, enabling him to adhere to ridiculously low budgets, and he frequently reteams with his talent, knowing that subsequent collaborations will only be richer.
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