Goodbye Again Reviews
Perfect for a rainy Sunday afternoon.
3 out of 5 stars
Yves Montand's sophisticated businessman and Anthony Perkin's tempestuous playboy hold their own, but this film belongs to Bergman's Paula*, finding out just how much love and fidelity is acceptable. The generous screenplay, and the relaxed structure allow a surprisingly nuance image of love at a certain age to emerge, even as its inevitabilities may seem a little dated. (From a femiinst perspective, also interesting in the portrayal of the sexual double standard and the toll of changing sexual mores).
*Though in all honesty, it takes a major suspension of disbelief, or rather, very good acting to believe that Ingrid Bergman's Paula is insecure about her age (at 40!) and unlucky in love, when she would have any problem picking up any man she wanted-- seeing how she's a fabulous and sucessful interior designer, and she looks like Ingrid Bergman (which is to say, still as gorgeous as she was in Casablanca).
Ingrid Bergman in a touching performance of a middle aged woman torn between her love to her playboy lover of 5 years and a sensitive younger man who gives her the love and attention she wants and needs.
With the charming Yves Montand as the older lover and a somewhat nervous and uncertain in himself Anthony Perkins as the younger man.
In spite of flawed performances, i found myself gripped, angst ridden, angry at the heroine's philandering significant other and at one point uttering a "hell no!" after a particularly ugly argument. Ingrid bergman played her role perfectly as a successful businesswoman living and working in Paris. Anthony Perkins, while adorable, played his role a the infatuated son of a wealthy client to the point of overplaying. He did make the relationship dynamic believable to some degree...er...as well as possible given the script - i did find myself wondering what she saw in him. Yves Montand was also perfect--mature, and believable in his flawed love and miserably tortured in the company of his younger women except for the sex part.
And i would be remiss in not mentioning thatr there was one scene where a young Diahan Carol lit up---no torched the screen!
Recommended for teen object lessons, those interested in the history od feminism, and people who understand that happily ever after is a myth.