The Man Who Envied Women

  • 1985
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

The hypersensitive condition of a middle-aged man attempting to cope with his failed marriage offers director-writer Yvonne Rainer the chance to perform a swift gender reversal en route to the simplistic assessment that men have it so much easier than women. Jack, the "man" of the title, is seen mainly journeying along the ominous streets of Manhattan as...read more

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The hypersensitive condition of a middle-aged man attempting to cope with his failed marriage offers director-writer Yvonne Rainer the chance to perform a swift gender reversal en route to the simplistic assessment that men have it so much easier than women. Jack, the "man" of the title,

is seen mainly journeying along the ominous streets of Manhattan as he pursues his daily activities. The onslaught of fragmentary conversations that cross his headset-adorned ears, and that under normal psychological conditions would just float by, now drastically affect his smug conceptions of

the social order, sexual roles, and his own position in the scheme of things. Rainer likens the statements that Jack hears to the sexual harassment women have had to contend with for ages. Lacking a coherent story, the movie at times becomes tedious and hard to follow, but enough witty and

insightful remarks are delivered to maintain interest. Rainer also effectively weaves footage from old black-and-white films such as DARK VICTORY and DOUBLE INDEMNITY, while the voice-over has Jack relating his inner turmoil.

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  • Released: 1985
  • Rating: NR
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