|Starring:||Dianne Wiest, Denholm Elliott, Elaine Stritch, Jack Warden, Sam Waterston, Mia Farrow|
|Run time:||1 hour 19 minutes|
|Rental release:||15 Apr 2002|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, English, French, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Play the opposite Mia!By Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 07 Jan 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Lane is a very sad, depressed young lady and Mia Farrow plays her with a gloom and doom look and voice throughout. Makes you want to slap her and tell her to get out of her smart Vermont house and get some enjoyment into her life. It is also very tedious to watch such a monotone acting performance from the film's star. The theme of the movie seems to be that some of us face up to life's difficulties and pull through, others go under. Except that in a practical sense Lane is moving on and coping with the sale of the family home and planning a new life in New York, perhaps as a photographer. If she were as depressed as portrayed I doubt she would be getting that much together. That said there are good things in this Bergmanesque Allen film. There are even some jokes if you can rise above the all pervasive mood of pessimism to spot them. Elaine Strich delivers a fine performance as Lane's mother and steals the film from the acting point of view. There is a nice little jazzy soundscape and the (all interior) design is pleasing autumnal gold. Not so sure about the frumpy costumes Mia and her female co-star are forced to wear. Yeah, these two women really do have to get a life. But would you chose Sam Waterston as your lover on his showing here? Check it out and see, ladies.
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film SeptemberBy Ave (63 reviews) from Rickmansworth , 27 Jul 2010I like Woody Allen, and I did not mind the melancholy, but I thought the characters were a bit flat. Maybe the first versions, before he re-shot it were better. It lacked a sparkle. I thought it was a bit boring.
SeptemberBy toddyquaker (89 reviews) from Knutsford , 23 Jun 2009Rather slow moving and not very gripping.
It Might as Well Rain...By russio (158 reviews) from Harlow , 28 May 2009Goodness where to begin? Woody plays it straight and suffers as a result. A bitter but not sweet tale of a woman (Mia Farrow) ground down by the selfishness of those around her plays like a 90 minutes whinge. Yes the supporting cast are horrid to her in their own self-serving ways but the drama is placed second to character and the only characters that really stand out are the alcoholic mother (Elaine Stritch) and her level-headed, conciliatory new husband (Jack Warden, I think).
I found it hard to relate to such well-off middle class Americans feeling sorry for themselves and was disappointed that Woody was able to make a similar conceit in Hannah and er Sisters work so well but unable to repeat it here. I hear that comedy is tragedy + time; this film is a tragedy (of a very minor sort) Woody is at his best making comedies (even those that are essentially tragic such as Crimes and Misdemeanours). If you dont believe me try listing your five favourite Allen films and see how many straight dramas make the list!
This film misses two things that could have brought it to life: a comical script and Woody Allen the actor. If misery and reflection is what you want then frankly there are plenty of directors who do it better.
Beneath the plot runs sadness and the acting is all fairly decent but the film left me miserable without yielding any great epiphanies. The most crushing truth about the film is that there is not a right day of the week to watch this one.
So LongBy Cato (772 reviews) from Lydbury North , 30 Apr 2009This film is almost three hours long, but I lasted less than an hour. The cliched script and cardboard characters made it an extremely tedious experience, rather like a pretentious Mills and Boon story. It was apparently compared to the drama of Chekhov, but surely his dialogue and plots were a little more reflective on life than Woody Allen's perpetual theme of boys going after girls. An Allen film without humour is like a bacon sarnie without tomato sauce, nourishing but sparkless.
SeptemberBy mikedanben (1 review) from Nuneaton , 15 Feb 2009Not one of Woody Allen's best.
I appreciate that this wasn't a comedy but to paraphrase Woody in Annie Hall, ' the film was too slow and such a small portion!'