Thursday, August 18, 2016


Delusional that her husband (E.G. Marshall) of many years is returning after a trial separation, an elderly well-bred woman (Geraldine Page) begins to unravel, her three similarly troubled daughters (Diane Keaton, Kristin Griffith, Mary Beth Hurt) attempt to provide support while also trying to process the shocking news. Woody Allen's Bergmanesque exercise, a solemn take on family dynamics and the misery of the human experience, and first foray into pure drama is given weight by gloomy Gordon Willis photography and exhibits the roots of what would become some of the auteur's 1980s masterworks.
*** out of ****