When Jack and Sally announce that they’re splitting up, this comes as a shock to their best friends Gabe and Judy. Maybe mostly because they also are drifting apart and are now being made aware of it. So while Jack and Sally try to go on, the marriage of Gabe and Judy gets more and more strained.
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It's certainly picked up an added subtext given the scandal of the last 25 years. But even if Allen and the Farrows hadn't blown up the internet with a complicated, unwinnable debate, this'd still be one of his most brilliant, corrosively honest films, a look at lies we tell ourselves (sometimes with good reasons, sometimes not) and the elusiveness of lasting satisfaction. And he gave the most soulful role to Mia.
Another Woody Allen masterpiece. It's a heartbreakingly honest piece in which Allen and Farrow crumble in front of the cameras. It's powerful and haunting, bolstered by a crazy supporting performance by Judy Davis as the hot mess that is Sally. It's a feast. Thank you for your art, Woody!
Another great effort on relationships and its conflicts by Woody. Ironically, the same narrative choice of putting the spectators as analysts that bothered me in a similar good movie, Making Love (1982), worked fine here. Also: I absolutely adored Judy Davis character-- how she is neurotic and both detestable and attractive at the same time. A must see.