Desperate Characters (1971)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Marriage Drama, Urban Drama  |   Release Date - Sep 22, 1971 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Frank D. Gilroy's adaptation of Paula Fox's novel Desperate Characters stars Shirley MacLaine as Sophie, a freelance book translator who leads a comfortable life in Brooklyn with her lawyer husband Otto (Kenneth Mars). Because of their crumbling marriage and the threatening presence of urban dangers like crime and vandalism, the couple are living a paranoid, scared existence. The film chronicles their emotional and psychological state through a series of interactions with each other and like-minded friends.

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decay, marriage, poverty, slice-of-life