You could say September is Interiors without the laughs (joke: there are no laughs in Interiors either), without the pull of the Hamptons shore outside the windows, and without the chill, elegant eye of Gordon Willis behind the camera. Members of a thoroughly unappealing family convene for a weekend in Vermont. Over the course of it, almost everybody reveals a lurking preference to have a new significant other in his or her life. You will not care who, how, or why, or acquire any insights into the mysteries of human relationships. Just as Maureen Stapleton brought the breath of life to the emotionally stunted mollusks in Interiors, so here Elaine Stritch injects some sting as Mia Farrow's irrepressibly bitchy mother. The other cast members are Sam Waterston, Dianne Wiest (fresh from her Hannah and Her Sisters Oscar®), Denholm Elliott, and Jack Warden. Them you may sympathize with, for theirs is a thankless task. --Richard T. Jameson
This is a finely written, highly dramatic play transfered flawlessly to film by a master cinematographer and is immensely superior to "Interiors" which is heavily influenced by, if not actually ripped off from, Ingmar Bergman. Here, the influence is subsumed into Allen's style and milieu, and he gets tremendous performances from the cast, especially Mia Farrow who despite the later troubles with Allen gave him a heartbreaking rendition of the fragile, wounded character of "Lane" who is brought to a state of desperation in the climax of the story, which is a spellbinding example of pure dramatic storytelling.
This is definitely a film for mature audiences who can appreciate the complex human nature and emotions and the fragile of human minds. The film is full of intellectual conversations over and over again and if you are not paying attention you can miss out on the lines. Mia Farrow is the best looking of the bunch no doubt and is the lead character. However, as the film progress, I must give the notch to Dianne Wiest for best performance in this movie. Hats off to you Dianne if you are reading this review. Her sets with Sam Waterston are so real that make you forget it's only a movie. Her performance in the set when Sam reach over to kiss her one last time to say good bye will pierce open your heart as she rejects and look away. I often wonder how is it possible to act like this when you know fully well there are cameras and a room full of crews watching.
One minor point though as I find some of Denholm Elliott's dialogues not recorded very clearly. Denholm is a wonderful actor and his lines are beautiful. This is also true for all the actors and actresses in this movie, all performed superb. This DVD is definitely a keeper for years to come.
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