Cinema: Mid-Life Crisis

SUMMER WISHES, WINTER DREAMS

Directed by GILBERT GATES

Screenplay by STEWART STERN

The title has the sound of fake poetry, but the movie beneath it has the solid ring of truth. The good wishes of summer may be summarized as a desire to feel, and express more intensely, love in its several varieties. The bad dreams of winter are the products of life's thoughtless intrusions on Rita Waiden (Joanne Woodward).

Rita's ophthalmologist husband (Martin Balsam) is stolid and bumbling, and she can rarely bear even his lightest touches. A son has drifted into homosexuality, a daughter tolerates Rita impatiently. Rita's relationship with her mother...

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