What is love?
A married woman of the upper social class leads the life that usually
those women lead: her time time is divided between directing her
servants' housework, her children, the hairdresser's and beauty
parlour, the shopping, the social parties and events, the meeting with
her female friends whose conversation is limited to gossip and the
stories of who sleeps with whom now, etc.. Her husband is a nice man
who treats her well but doesn't pay much importance to her and has not
great regard for her abilities besides those mentioned. This begins to
change first when she meets another man with him she falls in love
(without stopping loving her husband in a different kind of love of
course) and second when she enters in contact with oriental philosophy
and medicine in the person of an oriental doctor who uses hypnotics,
herbs and even magics to treat his patients. There she begins to loathe
the life she has led till then and several episodes follow till she
finds at last the solution in the end. I am a fan of Woody Allen's
movies because he deals in an intelligent way with our daily problems
chiefly with our marital and sentimental lives and is never dull or
fastidious. He is the only movie director I know who can introduce
philosophy in a movie without being tedious and on contrary doing it
even with humour without falling into superficiality. All our bourgeois
life problems are treated in his movies in a very clever humorous way
which don't make them less serious. His female characters are almost
always predominant. In this movie we can ask what is love after
observing the behaviour of the woman (one of the best roles of Mia
Farrow), her husband and her lover. In whom can a woman trust after all
when she wants (and deserves) to be loved? This movie is very serious
despite the humour and even the magic fantasy present at some of its
scenes. And its values are very positive and true..
Mia Farrow in Wonderland
I knew "Alice" wouldn't be great but it was definitely good.
Mia Farrow plays a Manhattan housewife version of Lewis Carroll's Alice
in Wonderland. Visits to a Chinese herbal remedist are her rabbit hole.
Her world becomes one of magical nonsense, Topsy turvy, but with
Allen's usual Chekhovian dialogue and character relationships.
It's also a moving account of one woman's journey to fulfillment. I
always love the endings of Woody Allen movies and I found this one to
be a particularly pleasant surprise while also being very encouraging
William Hurt, Joe Montangea and Alec Baldwin are all good as the men in
her life, and Bernadette Peters is especially great as the Muse.
A must-see for Woody Allen fans who keep their expectations down..