Absorbing moody and often compelling story about psychological dependence and transference.
Robert Altman had a dream which he used as the basis for his original screenplay, set in the desert where Shelley Duvall works as an attendant in an old-folks’ health center and new staffer Sissy Spacek becomes her room-mate.
Janice Rule is the mural-painting wife of retired stuntman Robert Fortier, the two of them being important catalysts to the changing relationship between Spacek and Duvall.
Duvall is magnificent as a girl whose inner unhappiness is masked by dialog straight out of smart-set magazines and fast-snack recipe folders. Spacek, at the outset adoring and subservient, gets all the sympathy.
Spacek matches in complementing excellence Duvall’s performance. Rule registers well.