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Husbands and Wives

Directed by Woody Allen
United States, 1992
Drama, Comedy, Romance


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.

Our take

We love Allen’s films twice as much when they are an open love letter to his madly admired Ingmar Bergman. Like this clever and bitter scan of two collapsing relationships, moving homage to the paradigmatic Scenes From A Marriage. Hysterical, utterly insightful and one of Woody’s finest.

Husbands and Wives Directed by Woody Allen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1993 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

National Board of Review

1992 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress

They denounce rigid exactitude, purposefully rejecting conventional rules of “proper” filmmaking: continuity editing, sharp focus, compositional balance, et cetera. Allen may have abandoned his initial desire to shoot in bristly 16mm, but he and [cinematographer Carlo] Di Palma still managed to retain a jarring hand-held camera, bouncing around jump cuts and erratic movements.
July 28, 2017
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When I first saw “Husbands and Wives,” the audience muttered anxiously when Gabe declined to sleep with Rain. The character passed a test that the real Allen failed. We were watching an emotional snuff film. But if you can factor out the biographical ugliness, “Husbands and Wives” is a key work — a bleak comedy-drama about middle-aged married couples failing to communicate, growing apart and hurting each other terribly.
November 18, 2011
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…Usually, Allen’s ensembles feel mostly like a stringing together of Woody surrogates, yet here he’s often giving up center stage to his costars, and letting them speak for themselves. The result feels something like a work of crosshatch art, where actions pile one on top of the next, both hiding and revealing, and characters’ words are later used against themselves—everyone’s contradictions and hypocrisies are exposed by a precise editing that pits everyone in sharp, dialectical opposition…
January 04, 2007
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