Saturday, March 15, 2008

Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971)

***
USA



A suicidal youth befriends and ends up romancing a life-loving 79-year-old. When the premise is played straight and Ashby gives his characters room to breathe, the picture becomes bizarrely resonant. But when played for caricature - as it is through most of the first half - it's grating.

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