Cinema: Lovelorn, Headstrong

To Claudia Draper (Barbra Streisand), love is felonious assault, and she has the open wounds to prove it. Her mother's plaintive "I love you" may be a threat or a curse. Her stepfather's caress may have been foreplay to child abuse. Her ex-husband's ardor may have sheathed sexual brutality. Indeed, the smothering affections of all people may have driven Claudia nuts. That is why she sits edgily in a New York City courtroom, at a hearing to determine if she is competent to stand trial on a manslaughter charge. Claudia is a $500-an- hour call girl, and her "victim" was an...