This movie is remarkable. I can rarely provide a list of my own personal movie "Top Ten," but this picture is DEFINITELY on that list. Poignant, moving, and--since I first viewed this in a theater in the late seventies--I have been in love with Ellen Burstyn. The dialog is witty and rings true...and different periods of time are nicely evoked by language and clothing (and by some photograps in-between). This is a very rich piece of work..and should have won multiple Oscar awards. If you can get through this without getting moist eyes, you must be cllinically brain-dead or need a heart-transplant. There are similarities with "The Goodbye Girl," another winner.
It also tickles me...as a kind of antidote for folks who are not merely impressed by the concept or institution of monogamy, but are absolutely obsessed with it. This relationship is a very positive one, even though it might seem to violate fundamental Puritan values.