Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer wrote often about despair and redemption, the subjects of his novel on which this Paul Mazursky film is based. Ron Silver plays a Holocaust survivor who has moved to America and married the Polish gentile who hid him from the Nazis. An intellectual, he is not satisfied with this simple peasant woman and so he has an affair with a sultry émigré (Lena Olin). His life is then made more complicated by the reappearance of his wife from the old country (Anjelica Huston), who he thought had died in the Nazi death camps. Mazursky and his terrific cast find the pain, irony, and sad humor in this material, capturing Singer's tone and bringing it to life. --Marshall Fine
The truth is, I have no claim on him. He probably always loved you. I'm, I'm sure he slept with you before me.
Oh, no! I was an innocent girl! I came to him a virgin.
Oh, congratulations. Men love virgins. If every man had his way, every woman would lie down a prostitute and get up a virgin.
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