Dark, Sad, Dreary.
Woody Allen is a director who is known for his sense of humour. When one sits down to watch a Woody Allen movie, one sits with the expectations of an unusual storyline, comical characters, humourous lines, and obviously very good direction and acting. But if you sit down to watch Interiors, apart from the latter two, don’t expect any of the other qualities.
Released in 1978, Interiors was Allen’s attempt at ‘serious’ cinema. I don’t know what pushed him to move away from his well-acclaimed style of cinema, but whatever it was, it seems that the influence was pretty strong. The result is that Interiors is dark, sad and unfortunately, dreary.
Interiors is the story of a dysfunctional family. After spending almost the entire life together, the head of the family decides that he wants to spend time by himself. He, with his wife, has raised three daughters but now he wants to opt out. The film is then the story of how this decision affects the family – his wife and his three daughters.
A slow paced movie, Interiors doesn’t really talk about anything. Of course, the characters talk a lot in the film. I had difficulty is trying to extract a message from the movie, something that you do when you watch a melancholic drama. The only message that comes to mind is that divorces ruin families.
I don’t know what else to write about Interiors. If you’re well-versed with Allen’s cinema then don’t watch Interiors as if it’s his movie. Watch it as an intense movie, but only if patience is one of your virtues. You won’t be missing anything if you let this one go by either.
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