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Interiors (Dir. Woody Allen/1978)
Woody Allen’s first foray into drama is a delicate musing on
family, divorce and depression. Daughters Joey (Hurt), Renata (Keaton) and Flyn
(Griffith) are coping with the divorce of their parents, Arthur (E.G. Marshall)
and Eve (Geraldine Page). Interior-designer Eve desperately hopes Arthur will
return to her – but we, and the daughters, suspect this won’t happen. Wild-child
Flyn is a TV actress and her sister’s boyfriend obsesses over her. Joey’s high-strung
and intense attitude cloaks her fears. Renata, though honest with her mother, ignores
her Mother’s aching sense of loss. Allen toys with nostalgia, flashing back to
their childhood as they play on the beach. Temporal sandy-shores hint at ongoing
changes in life while crashing-waves irreversibly affect relationships. Lacking
energy, Interiors is beautifully shot
with deep-shadow to illustrate the depression that clouds the mind. Far from
perfect, Interiors is still poignant,
tapping into isolation none of us want to feel.