One Is a Lonely Number (1972)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |   Release Date - Jun 19, 1972 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 97 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

A woman struggles to rebuild her life after her husband leaves her in this drama. Amy Brower (Trish VanDevere) is a 27-year-old woman who thinks that her marriage to James (Paul Jenkins), a college professor, is a happy one until he unexpectedly files for divorce after falling for one of his students. On her own for the first time in her life, Amy is introduced by her best friend Madge (Jane Elliot) to a support group for divorced women, but the bitterness of Gert (Janet Leigh), the group's leader, doesn't make her feel much better; her search for a career proves just as unsatisfying. Amy finds friendship and solace with Joseph Provo (Melvyn Douglas), an elderly man whose wife of 40 years recently passed on and is also dealing with loneliness, and she dips her toes back into dating when she meets Howard Carpenter (Monte Markham) at an art gallery, and he shows a keen interest in her, though he seems more interested in her body than her mind. Trish VanDevere's performance earned her a Best Actress nomination at the 1973 Golden Globe Awards.



divorce, ex-husband, widow/widower, wife, art-gallery, friendship, husband, independence, lawyer, life, love, store, abandonment, apartment, bonding [relationship], college, employment, extramarital-affair, freedom, professor, manipulation