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Irene in Time (2010)

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A movie directed by Henry Jaglom

A film about the complex relationships between fathers and daughters, and the potential lifelong consequences of those relationships.

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Director: Henry Jaglom
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The Destruction of Personality

  • Apr 21, 2010
"Irene in Time"

The Destruction of Personality

Amos Lassen

"Irene in Time", Henry Jagalom's new film (Breaking Glass Pictures) is a bout a woman whose absent father manages to destroy her personality and selfhood. Irene's is obsessed with her father who left her and her life is consumed by talking about him, thinking about him and dating men that she hopes will be able to take his place and fill the gaps in her life. She is needy and although not all men see this at first, they eventually realize that Irene has problems. She studies how to behave with men and on dates and Irene (Tanna Frederick) is terribly insecure so much so that men usually shy away from her soon after a conversation begins. She speaks small talk and she constantly thinks of the father she has not seen since she was young. (She is now 30). She has serious father issues but she finds that other women also think about the relationships they had with their fathers. Watching the movie is like listening to the rehash of a football game by a bunch of guys who have watched it and studied it over and over.
Irene is beautiful but her thoughts about her father have destroyed her chances of finding a man. It is too bad that the character of Irene is not better developed and the plot, at times, almost stagnates.
The movie takes place in Santa Monica where people seem to lie by swimming pools and gossip instead of working. All of the men in the film appear to be worthless and the film is essentially for and about women. Karen Black and Andrea Marcovicci also appear but Jagalom has not used their talents well and they are not fleshed out characters. Nonetheless, the film is an in-depth character study of a woman who just can't get it right.

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