Directed by Woody Allen
“Interiors” was the first film directed by Woody Allen to take itself extremely seriously. There’s very, very, little humor in this film. In fact, there’s not any at all. It’s Allen’s love letter to Ingmar Bergman’s European films and it copies them to a T. (Where as “Love and Death” is a more satirical take on that same genre.) Apropos of the title, “Interiors” concerns itself more with the psyche of its characters than it does anything else. Actions in the film may have consequences, but Allen spends most of his efforts studying the emotional fall out of the characters. Due to this, “Interiors” often walks a very thin line between melodrama and soap opera level theatrics. At this point in his career Allen was still just starting off, and because of this, his hand isn’t as deft to the touch of “dramatic storytelling” as it would eventually become. And considering this isn’t just any dramatic film, but a highly emotional and psychological one, Allen was fighting an uphill battle that he really had absolutely no right in winning. Having said that, I still think that’s exactly what he does. Though there is the odd scene that just doesn’t work (particularly early on) the scenes that do (which makes up 90% of the movie) more than make up for those that don’t. Watching the character of Eve fall apart is one the most painful things I have ever seen on film.
If there’s one thing I have always respected Allen for (besides his unique sense of humor) it’s his female characters. Very few male writer/directors take the time to develop their female characters as well as Allen does. Though I must also admit that this doesn’t necessarily mean that his female characters are particularly realistic. Allen (like me) tends to put his women on pedestals, and if you look at his films, it is often the female protagonists (in those films that Allen himself does not act in) that move the story along. (They are, however, seldom rational.) Though in my own experience with women… this doesn’t exactly go against what I’ve learned about them.
Another interesting note about “Interiors”… In any of Allen’s other comedies, the character of Eve would have been the primary person to elicit comedy from. Here, she’s heartbreaking. It just goes to show how talented of a writer Allen really is.
If you’re looking for a quick but powerful film, pop in “Interiors”. It might not work perfectly, but I guarantee that by the end of the film, you will have been moved at least once.