Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek excel in Altman’s witty, dreamlike tale of intertwined responses to the pitfalls of patriarchy.
Shelley Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Janice Rule, Robert Fortier
USA 1977. 124min
Comedy, social comment and Bergmanesque reverie combine in Altman’s enigmatic but consistently engaging tale of the friendship that develops between a garrulous assistant and her naive younger colleague working at a desert care-home, and their relationships with a local artist (Rule) and her faithless, foolish husband. Duvall and Spacek are unforgettably good in the two lead roles, while Altman’s attention to telling details is characteristically impressive.