Enemies, a Love Story (1989)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Tragi-comedy, Romantic Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 13, 1989 (USA)  |   Run Time - 119 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Though writer-director Paul Mazursky attempted to remake a Jean Renoir film with Down and Out in Beverly Hills, his Enemies: A Love Story actually comes closer to capturing Renoir's brand of resonant, humanistic farce. Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's novel, Enemies is a rich, bittersweet blend of cultural and personal observations held together by a career-best performance by Ron Silver as a man trying to juggle three wives. No less important are the skilled actresses who portray the women in his life, Anjelica Huston, Lena Olin and Margaret Sophie Stein; Huston and Olin would be nominated for Academy Awards. Enemies: A Love Story may ultimately be Mazursky's most lasting contribution to cinema -- high praise for the director who gave us Blume in Love and An Unmarried Woman.