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You would need to be made of stone not to be charmed by the wit and warmth of these women.
It's around the birthing years that Wardrop's extremely selective homemaker's oral history-crafted to soothe with its placid framing and cheery, meditative tone-begins to close around you like doily-papered walls.
His & Hers is an extraordinary film - particularly in its ability to coerce the viewer into deep affection for every character presented.
It is banal, I suppose, but here's the thing: banality observed admiringly becomes strangely moving and beautiful. This is a tender poem about getting through everyday life.
These mini monologues laid end-to-end amount to something Alan Bennett would have been proud to write.
It's more of an elegant cinematic tone poem than a documentary, and it's both affecting and limited.
[K]eeps things deceptively simple, just letting the women talk without introduction or context, and yet creating, in the process, a portrait of an archetypal life of the modern woman...
Sparky and cheerful if condescending and weirdly infantilising.
No great surprises in the early segments, but the intensity grows as the shadows of age and illness fall. Even the blokes will be sniffling into their popcorn.
while men may be the film's exclusive verbal theme, women remain its only visual subject, and it is only in the very final shot that we catch our first, brief glimpse of a man, as intrusive - and inevitable - as death itself.
Wardop's approach limits the value of the piece to fond reflections on menfolk when there might have been a more interesting film in quizzing them about their own stories.
Wardrop's charming but bland doc opens with the proverb: "A man loves his girlfriend the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest."
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