Up the Sandbox
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Margaret Reynolds is not crazy. She's just pregnant again - her third child. And she's very uncertain about this moment in her life and who she has become and what society values from her. So her brain tends to take some flights of fancy.
That is the setup for UP THE SANDBOX, a 1972 film that is directed by Irvin Kershner (LOVING and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK) and written by the late Paul Zindel. The film is obviously meant to address the women's movement that was burgeoning at that time. Although some of its themes don't translate well 31 years later, most of the film is still relative and challenging today.
Barbra Streisand's performance as Margaret is incredible. It's one of her best film roles. Barbra strips down, and plays it very natural here. There are only traces of fast-talking-Brooklyn-Barbra; only one or two FUNNY GIRL line readings. The rest is a different Barbra than we've seen. It makes one wonder what other sort of small film roles she could have done -- she's that remarkable in SANDBOX.
SANDBOX won't be for everyone's tastes. When I first saw it in the 1980's I didn't like it. I was confused. The fantasy sequences are not obvious. There are no clichéd Hollywood transitions - no WAYNE'S WORLD "dream sequence" dissolves! The dreams can be confusing.Read more ›
While trying to sort out this snag in her life, at the same time that her mother is pressuring her to move the family to the suburbs, Margaret's fantasies take her to Fidel Castro's Cuba and other inexplicable places that seemingly stand in as a reminder that her own daily life is sort of boring.
I enjoyed this book (by Anne Richardson Roiphe) while I, too, was going through similar experiences. Not living in Manhattan, but feeling stifled by the lonely housewife existence.
When I recently read another book by this author, I was reminded of this movie and ordered it from Amazon. I enjoyed it in a slightly different way. The kind of enjoyment that comes from the vantage point of remembering a past existence and reflecting on it in a somewhat nostalgic fashion.
I am giving Up the Sandbox four stars, mostly for the memories evoked, as well as for Barbra Streisand's great performance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kind of weird 70s movie. Lots of day dreaming going on. I have seen a lot of Barbra Streisand movies and I was just thinking how funny it is that she seems to fit more than her... Read morePublished 29 days ago by K. Beauchemin
Barbra Streisand's favorite film, so I have read, and it is totally different from her previous movies. Read morePublished 11 months ago by mike kent
I love Barbara, unfortunately this is probably the worst movie she's ever made.Published 19 months ago by Lady in Red
I have not liked this film from first viewing. Watching Barbra acting like a normal housewife, all calm and Waspish creeped me out. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Leonard Spicer
I like the movie since the times seem the same - recession style issues.
I love David Selby - a VERY hansom guy.
Good movie hard to follow until you realize she dreaming love her any way. Comment on aborshion is quiet interestingPublished on May 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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