In Comfort and Joy director-scripter Bill Forsyth again sets up a wacko scenario about zany, off-center characters.
But evincing much laughter over an unexpectedly funny couple living together, Forsyth abruptly switches into a more conventional plot.
Pic opens with a well-dressed kleptomaniac (Eleanor David) lifting goods at a department store, followed by a man (Bill Paterson). It turns out he’s her lover and aware of her stealing. They return home, make love off camera and after a meal she announces she’s leaving.
Depressed, he adopts a stiff upperlip attitude and goes to his job as an MOR radio station early morning deejay. He then becomes, innocently at first, a go-between as two warring Mafia families fight for territorial control of selling ice cream by van.
David and Paterson are terrific together and almost every line between them is a joy. From the point she departs with no explanation the pic flashes a sparky moment or two, but it doesn’t reach the high spots again.