Thanksgiving with the family is always a time of unrest and uncertainty. And, in this film, it starts slowly, but soon we are engrossed in the entire lives of Hannah and her sisters and their men.
Hannah played by Mia Farrow, is an actress, stay at home mom, married to an accountant played by Michael Caine. They hold the Thanksgiving dinners where everyone meets. Lee, Hannah's sister, played by Barbara Hershey, lives with an eccentric artist. The other sister, Holly, is played by Diane Weist, she is a recovering cocaine addict and always needs money. Elliott, the accountant thinks he is in love with Lee, though he really loves Hannah. He and Lee have an affair that drags on. Holly finally finds her place with script writing. The entire family is upset, and the issue becomes unsettling. Carrie Fisher plays a small part as Holly's partner in a catering service.
What we have is a mess, here, sheriff. Each of the sisters is trying to find her way. Woody Allen plays Hannah's ex husband, a neurotic as always, but he is at his best in this film. As each member of the family tries to find their way, life has more meaning. Secrets are told, and secrets kept, and in the midst, wonderfully revealing stories and solutions are found. This is said to be Woody Allan's best film, and it was a captivating afternoon.
Recommended. prisrob 12-28-16