To escape the boredom of her sad existence, Beatrice Hunsdorfer goes through the small the ads and lonely hearts every day. She spends most of her time locked away at home, chain smoking cigarettes. Her father is dead; her son was killed in Korea; her husband left her.
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The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon MarigoldsDirected byPaul Newman
Fabulous performance by Joanne Woodward, and the girls, too. The characters they play are complex, like real people are. Why can't they make films like this anymore in America? Even the best of today's dramas seem to have much simpler characters and rely on other devices to carry the film.
An extra star for the performances as well as the atmosphere--desolate, 1970s, derelict-suburban--though it doesn't quite hold together perfectly in terms of narrative (the end is a bit rushed, character arcs begin to sag). It does pack some emotionally devastating punches in the latter half, however. Woodward is great as the wigged out, narcissistic mama. But Newman daughter Nell will make your heart ache.
Une oeuvre étonnante, d'une terrible et constante noirceur qui rappelle par certains côtés l'atmosphère suffocante de certaines pièces de Tennessee Williams, à l'irréprochable interprétation de Joanne Woodward, véritablement impressionnante, dont la performance artistique s'apparente par bien des aspects à celle d'une autre "femme sous influence", l'incontournable Gena Rowlands...
Not very cinematic, but loaded with unlikely charm and funny lines, a real actor's movie. Nell Newman is ideal as the smart, asocial daughter -- amateur, the way all child actors should be. I wanted to pay her college tuition and lay waste to her enemies; anyone who comes away from this not feeling that way should not spawn. Woodward is almost too appealing. What would this movie be like with an uglier actress?