Oscar-winning account of the lives of three sisters — beautiful but lovelorn Lee, black sheep Holly, and always agreeable, even-tempered Hannah — and their families over the course of three Thanksgiving gatherings.
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All human life is here... A superb application of the usual Allen chamber-piece template across an expansive exploration of selfishness and untruths. What could have been a cool and dispassionate exercise is here transformed into a gorgeously warm survey with lovely playing, soft cinematography and some choice musical cues.
Boring visuals, boring characters, and a completely pointless narrative. I have such difficulty getting into much of Allen's films after Manhattan. I found the message of this film almost insulting. Extremely disappointed.
If this is one of Allen's most brutally honest films, the ramifications are discomforting. It's an acknowledgement of the inner lives of others and the torment we'd put them through regardless. Farrow worried there was a little too much of Allen in the script - I'd even say the film. His presence is out of synch, an addition that too neatly wraps up the mess his characters make of life. But his career echoes as much.
My favourite Woody Allen film. It's all about desires, chances we wish we took, and those we took that we wish we did not. It gives its sympathies to those trying to make a relationship work, those trying to maintain one in secret and those desperately seeking one all together.