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John Cassavettes' study of middle-aged angst focuses on Sarah Lawson (Rowlands), a troubled woman who moves in with her alcoholic, philandering brother Robert Harmon (Cassavettes), following the break-up of her marriage. Their relationship proves to be feisty, the brother keen to cling on to his ways, the sister bogged down by the fall-out with her husband.

And that is pretty much that in terms of plot but Cassavettes' usual knack of drawing out emotive, naturalistic performances from his cast gives it all a riveting, sometimes explosive, edge.

Excerpt of Channel 4's capsule located HERE


Theatrical Release: February 1984 - Berlin Film Festival

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DVD Review: Cinemalta (2-disc set with A Child is Waiting) - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Cinemalta - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 2:15:00 
Video 1.62:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.99 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles French ( player generated - non -removable on most systems)

Release Information:
Studio: Cinemalta

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.62:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette: Extract from "I am Almost Not Crazy" by Michael Ventura (English dialogue with burned-in French subtitles and French narration) - 7:25
• Featurette: Analysis oif a Scene by Samuel Labarthe (
English dialogue with burned-in French subtitles) - 10:43
• Static image slideshow (5:37)
• 24-page thick booklet with essay, interview (French only) and photos

DVD Release Date: November 29th, 2004

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Chapters: 17




This can be purchased in the Boxset with Cassavetes "A Child is Waiting" or individually. Both have player generated French subtitles that are not forced on many standard players (my computer DVD player for example) or are easily removed with many DVD duplication software programs (try DVDShrink).

This anamorphic image is quite good - sharp for the most part, close to the 1.66 original aspect ratio, bright, a little heavy, nice menus and some extras of note (in English). I wish the beautiful booklet included was also in English.

As this is only a few extra Euros to be purchased as the two-disc set we recommend buying that way as  Cassavetes "A Child is Waiting"  is not sold separately (or presently in Region 1).

Gary W. Tooze


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