Friday, October 10, 2008

"Now, Voyager" (1942, Dir: Irving Rapper)

Uplifting, if overlong, Bette Davis tear-jerker. A spinster aunt, oppressed by her domineering upper-crust mother, goes to a sanatorium after a nervous breakdown and emerges a new woman. She travels to Argentina on a cruise ship, meeting a handsome man stuck in a loveless marriage and forges a connection with him. A whole lot of other stuff happens.

The protracted, episodic nature of this film could have dulled its attempts at creating an emotionally resonant story, but the quality of the acting greatly elevates it. But lol @ Bette's eyebrows in the first act.

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