Joanne Moore Jordan
Director John Cassavetes' probing film examines the collapse of a 14-year union. The disenchanted couple -- husband Richard (John Marley) and wife Maria (Lynn Carlin) -- seeks comfort in the arms of others: Richard with a hooker (Gena Rowlands) and Maria with an aging playboy (Seymour Cassel). But the couple's liaisons are just pointless diversions to end their suburban malaise. Carlin and Cassel earned Oscar nods for their performances.