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A must for lovers of independent cinema
on 17 January 2012
This is one of my favourite films, it has such a special magic and is incredibly romantic, even if the two characters do spend a lot of the time shouting and hitting each other! Gena Rowlands is incomparable in this type of knife-edge situation, bringing out a rich vein of humour in the most unexpected situations. Her tone of voice is often priceless, and she is wonderfully buffered by the likeable Seymour Cassell who is also intensely offbeat. Several scenes are just out of this world - the scene in the restaurant with the two mothers is deliriously funny. The style is like Cassavetes' other great successes with Gena Rowlands, but perhaps a little jauntier. The knockabout physicality seems almost expressionistic, showing us how the characters feel when words fail them. It mainly has a comic tone and sustained sequences are in a farcical mode. Only in the character played by Cassavetes himself is there a sense of unpleasantness and we don't laugh. Then there is one of the most memorable, excruciating, yet oddly heart-rending scenes of embarrassment I can think of when Minnie goes to a restaurant on a blind date. Her colleague and friend at the museum is also pure gold, her post-Casablanca discussion with Minnie is one of many high points, both poignant and hilarious. Seeing is believing with this film - I had not seen it before even though I have liked Cassavetes' work for years, but there's something about the absurd yet generous tone that makes it one of his most cherishable films.