“Who was I kidding? Being with one woman and constantly thinking of another was using.”
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… though it’s refreshing to see Anspach so instantly resolute about leaving him, and staying in control of her own life from then on. Indeed, the film’s entire focus is on Blume eating crow, which holds a certain type of morbid fascination for anyone who’s ever been deceived. Could this movie be considered a lengthy paean to the strength and tenacity of survivors?
Perhaps so — at least until a crucial sequence later in the film when our sensibilities are once again shattered, and we wonder how (or if) we can forgive the perpetrator in question. The culminating sequence (echoing the opening honeymoon flashback) is an impossibly romantic elegy, set in a Roman plaza while “Tristan and Isolde” is being performed, which gives a hint about Mazursky’s frame of mind with this entire story: he is looking for toeholds in the messiness of life and love.
The lead actors are both excellent, as are supporting players Kristofferson (playing laid-back Elmo):
… Marsha Mason as Segal’s understanding new lover:
… and Shelley Winters as one of Blume’s distraught clients.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments: