Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Forgotten Movies: SUMMER WISHES, WINTER DREAMS



It makes me angry that this is the sort of film doesn't get made anymore--not even by the independent filmmakers. At least not in the US. Joanne Woodward excelled at playing the sort of woman this is about. Vaguely disappointed, vaguely under-appreciated, vaguely bored,and yet she never lost the audience's sympathy because at heart she was a good soul. Although Martin Balsam playing her husband does appreciate her--she not so much him. This is as much like an Alice Munro short story as I have seen on screen. A few months in the lives of a married couple suffering from their son's absence, which they have in some way caused.

6 comments:

George said...

Another movie that slipped by me. But, my Library has it so I'm requesting it NOW!

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm thinking maybe these are the kinds of movies I need to start watching.

SteveHL said...

A very good movie. How could you go wrong with Woodward, Balsam, and Sidney?

Gilbert Cates, who directed this, also directed another powerful family drama, I Never Sang for My Father.

Bernadette said...

Oh lovely, one for me to track down. I have virtually given up watching movies made these days...there are so few of any interest to me (given I'm not into superheroes, Bond or groups of drunken men going to Las Vegas)

pattinase (abbott) said...

I miss Joanne Woodward. (And her husband too).

Margot Kinberg said...

Joanne Woodward was definitely a huge talent - underappreciated, I think. Thanks for reminding me of her.