Review: ‘Always’

Always is writer-director-producer Henry Jaglom's confessional comedy about his divorce from actress Patrice Townsend. The two star, more or less, as themselves, and are joined by two other couples who are, respectively, near the beginning and toward the middle of the marriage process for an alternately awkward, painful, loving and farcical July Fourth weekend. Pic's subject matter is at once highly personal and utterly universal.

Always is writer-director-producer Henry Jaglom’s confessional comedy about his divorce from actress Patrice Townsend. The two star, more or less, as themselves, and are joined by two other couples who are, respectively, near the beginning and toward the middle of the marriage process for an alternately awkward, painful, loving and farcical July Fourth weekend. Pic’s subject matter is at once highly personal and utterly universal.

Jaglom frames the proceedings with ruminations directed straight at the viewer, then jumps into a telling of how Townsend showed up one night at Jaglom’s home to sign the divorce papers and ended up staying on for a weekend of emotional confrontations, recriminations, joyful reminiscences and partial reconciliation.

In French farce style, two unexpected flings take place, but mainly, picture is wall-to-wall talk about what went wrong between Jaglom and Townsend, about emotional happiness and lack of same, about sexual matters, and many related topics.

Always

Production

Jagtown/International Rainbow. Director Henry Jaglom; Producer Henry Jaglom; Writer Henry Jaglom; Camera Hanania Baer Editor [Henry Jaglom], Francesca Riviere; Music Miles Kreuger (consult.) Art Dennis Boses

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1985. Running time: 105 MIN.

With

Patrice Townsend Henry Jaglom Joanna Frank Alan Rachins Melissa Leo Bob Rafelson

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