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5.0 out of 5 stars Tender and touching, February 12, 2003
This review is from: Same Time Next Year [VHS] (VHS Tape)
"Same time,next year" is a very good movie with outstanding performances and a solid script. It tells about the story of an adultereous couple, George & Doris,who have a reunion every year at the same day and the same place, a lovely hotel in California,and everytime we discover a new part of their characters and their own lives. The picture has been represented by six meetings over 26 years. The first one shows us their first meeting in 1951:they both hit by passion at first sight; the second portrayed is in 1956: while they're celebrateing their 5th anniversary they must face their first quarrel;then we move into 1961 when George helps Doris to give birth to her baby;in 1966 Doris has changed her life-style attending the university and becoming an hippie woman while George is getting more and more serious...;in 1972 things change again with Doris as an incredible business woman and finally in 1977 the couple must face for the very first time the meaning of being in love with each other.Among the several meetings there are touching clips representing the symbols of those years.Alan Alda is excellent but Ellen Burstyn takes the cake with a stunning performance.This is a picture who deals topics like regret, love, passion and nostalgia of lost time with sensitivity and good taste.Nominated for 4 Academy Awards:Actress(Burstyn),Adapted script,Cinematography and Original song.
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Sam Clemens says:
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.
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