Husbands & Wives


D: Woody Allen

Tristar (Robert Greenhut)

USA 🇺🇸 1992

103 mins


W: Woody Allen

DP: Carlo di Palma

Ed: Susan E. Morse

Woody Allen (Gabe Roth), Mia Farrow (Judy Roth), Judy Davis (Sally Simmons), Sydney Pollack (Jack Simmons), Juliette Lewis (Rain), Liam Neeson (Michael Gates), Lysette Anthony (Sam)

Considered amongst Woody Allen's best works, Husband & Wives is a candid look at marriage, infidelity and everything in-between with documentary-style interviews interspersed throughout the story.

Woody Allen & Mia Farrow play a married couple who discover their best friends are getting a divorce, so they consider the possibility that their own marriage may be coming to a close, while he becomes infatuated with a younger woman.

Perhaps life imitated art with this one, since Allen's marriage with Farrow came to a close soon after this film, and he later developed a relationship with his adopted daughter. Was penning this script a way of letting Mia Farrow know that he wanted to call it a day? If so, the guy's a genuine POS. 

As for the film itself, it is well-written, with believable dialogue and very good performances and could be quite enjoyable if you can separate the art from the artist. 

I, however, can't do this, and films like this just feel like Allen's trying to legitimise his own behaviour when it comes to his bizarre bohemian lifestyle.


Mia Farrow & Woody Allen in Husbands & Wives
Mia Farrow & Woody Allen in Husbands & Wives