Husbands and Wives ★★★★

It's when you watch a Woody Allen movie at its best, with believable, complex, and psychologically sophisticated characters that you realise how fluff like To Rome With Love is Allen gone completely off the boil.

Husbands and Wives examines the nature of married life and the idea of the grass being greener on the other side in a much more satisfying way than in that later film. The innovative faux-documentary style works very well and the characters' motivations are explored with real acuity.

It's to the movie's credit that it wasn't completely overshadowed by the off-screen drama between Allen and Mia Farrow. This is partly down to the amazingly natural performances form all involved.

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