Review: ‘Someone to Love’

Someone To Love represents Henry Jaglom's alternately engaging and chaotic rumination on loneliness and aloneness in the 1980s. A serio-comic psycho-drama in which the filmmaker calls upon his friends to explore why he and they have problems with commitment or finding the right mate, pic is blessed with an almost overwhelming final screen appearance by Orson Welles.

Someone To Love represents Henry Jaglom’s alternately engaging and chaotic rumination on loneliness and aloneness in the 1980s. A serio-comic psycho-drama in which the filmmaker calls upon his friends to explore why he and they have problems with commitment or finding the right mate, pic is blessed with an almost overwhelming final screen appearance by Orson Welles.

Jaglom plays himself, a director so frustrated at his girlfriend Andrea Marcovicci’s unwillingness to settle down he decides to devote an entire feature to what he perceives as a general malaise of his generation.

Without revealing his intentions, Jaglom invites many friends to a St Valentine’s Day party who are somewhat taken aback by their host’s desire to scrutinize their innermost feelings and insecurities with a camera, and some bow out.

Orson Welles, who appeared in Jaglom’s first feature, A Safe Place (1971), returns here to act as the younger man’s mentor and provocateur as he sits in the back of the theater smoking a cigar and delivering stunningly perceptive and intellectually far-ranging comments.

Also notable is Welles’ longtime companion Oja Kodar, who portrays a visiting Yugoslavian woman with particularly sensitive and personal things to say about being a woman alone. Marcovicci gets to sing impressively and aggravate Jaglom, Sally Kellerman gives a vivid account of what one imagines Sally Kellerman to be like, and Michael Emil here gets his usual humorous philosophical ramblings thrown back in his face for a change.

Someone to Love

Production

Rainbow. Director Henry Jaglom; Producer M.H. Simonsons; Screenplay Henry Jaglom; Camera Hanania Baer

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1987. Running time: 109 MIN.

With

Orson Welles Henry Jaglom Andrea Marcovicci Michael Emil Sally Kellerman Oja Kodar
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