Divorced working woman Alex and well-to-do Jewish family doctor Daniel Hirsh share not only the same answering service but also the favours of young Bob Elkin who bed-hops between them as the mood takes him.
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An honest study of absence and compromise, in other words: life. The ongoing notion of 'is half a loaf better than none?' permeates with stunted communication, no commitment and certainly no love. Superb performances by Jackson and Finch (Head come off a unfair third in a cypher of a role) are enhanced by the wealth of counterpoint circumstantial detail that provides visual illustration, not just decoration. Sublime.
Four and a half. A bit slowing moving at first but once you dive into the relationships and characters more deeply the movie picks up tremendously. Top notch acting throughout and just a compelling piece of drama about a taboo subject that's handled beautifully. Nothing camp or overtly political about this film but that in and of itself makes the film an even more powerful social-political-relevant statement.
Perhaps the most interesting look at swinging London in the early 1970s I can recall. For younger audiences, it may not be believable that a woman would have no problem with her lover having an affair with a male doctor. This is swinging London during a sexually liberated period after all.
Sur fond d'alarmiste crise économique rabâchée jusqu'à la nausée par l'ensemble des médias britanniques et d'une omniprésence saturée des services de messageries téléphoniques, la nécessaire stabilité affective est mise désormais aux abonnés absents. Constat lucide sur fond d'amours crépusculaires, de la relativité du bonheur, de l'improbable liberté sexuelle et des éternels conflits entre le désir et la privation.