Robert Altman

Beyond Therapy

A bold, brash but touching comedy about the trials and tribulations of modern love, featuring a gallery of colourful New York archetypes.

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USA 1986
Dir Robert Altman
With Jeff Goldblum, Jullie Hagerty, Glenda Jackson, Christopher Guest
Certificate 15

The most comic and opened-out of Altman’s stage adaptations, this version of Christopher Durang’s play about the trials and tribulations of modern love centres on the meeting of a goofy bisexual (Goldblum) and a neurotic nice girl (Hagerty). Complications ensue as family, shrinks and others enter the fray. It’s bold and brash in its satire, but touching in its acknowledgement of loneliness and pain.

+ Les Boréades

UK 1987

Altman’s characteristically inventive contribution to producer Don Boyd’s opera compilation film Aria centres on an audience enjoying (?) Rameau’s music.