As usual, the less you know about the plot, the better off you are in terms of surprise and fun. But I will just mention that in its initial scene, the filmmaker's use of a very special chocolate dessert is a simply brilliant stroke: This dessert, her husband's favorite, is what brings his wife to a certain restaurant, and it is very probably what has brought him there, too, and why, as the waitress explains, "We just served the last one."
Talk to Her to Unconscious, First Night of My Life to In the City and the more recent and brilliant Lecture 21 -- is one of the true lights of European cinema. I hope this film will at last bring her in closer range of American audiences.
Aidan Quinn (above, finally appearing halfway through the film, but good enough to easily make up for lost time),
Valerie Mahaffey (above, center, as an un-wronged wife), Joseph Kell (above, left, as the offending hubby), and Gary Piquer (above, right, as a would-be paramour of the work-place). Everyone is terrific, but it's Harden who conquers. If small independent films ever received the kind of recognition that they ought, this performance would be a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination.
Kino-Lorber and running 115 minutes, opens this Friday, March 15, at the Quad Cinema in Manhattan and the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills, as well as elsewhere around the country. Click here, then scroll down to see all currently scheduled playdates, cities and theaters.
We spoke very briefly by phone with the filmmaker last week, and she proved as friendly and smart as we'd expected. In the short conversation below, TrustMovies' comments/questions are in boldface, with the responses of Joan Carr-Wiggin in standard type.