"Piercing and unforgettable, a rich, many levelled experience,"
By turn exquisitely painful and hilariously funny, this uniquely intimate portrait of a couple whose marriage is collapsing reveals the deep sense of loneliness that exists at the heart of their relationship, as well as the daily power struggles between them.
'...an emotional Cinerama ride in a roller-coaster seat.'
Directed and produced by Allan King, this compelling cinéma vérité film keeps the audience inextricably involved.
'a perfect model of documentary film-making.'
'a riveting example of the occasional greatness of Canadian filmmaking.'
"King creates a drama that, in its utter nakedness, makes John Cassavetes Faces look like early Doris Day. Cameraman Richard Leiterman and Soundman Christian Wangler spent ten weeks capturing 70 hours of totally undirected action. From this King distilled 100 minutes of polished film that shows none of the palsied camera work and uneven sound that plagues most cinéma vérité filming. The emotionally exhausting result achieves the ultimate artifice of the documentarist, the feeling that it was somehow made without a camera."