40 Carats Film Details
Overview: Forty year old Norwegian-American divorcée Ann Stanley owns her own Manhattan based real estate agency specializing in upscale Manhattan apartments. She lives with her seventeen year old daughter Trina Stanley, and her mother, Maud E
Tagline: She’s a divorcee. She’s forty. She’s engaged… to a younger man.
Review: Thought provoking, eye-brow raising and VERY funny in all the right places! Long before Demi Moore walked out hand-in-hand, in Public, with Ashton Kutcher, this film went “public” with the possibility that a younger man, (who was strong, handsome and had both his own business and LOT of money already in his pocket!), could find an older woman, (who wasn’t broken down or bitter about life!), attractive, desirable and worth “fighting for”! The romance between Peter Latham and Ann Stanley, (played with sensitivity and subtle humor by both Edward Albert, Jr., and Liv Ullman respectively), begins one dusky night in Greece and culminates after he accidentally finds her again in New York. Ann had originally gone to Greece for a bit of a “final fling” before she felt “compelled by societal convention” to settle into “matron-hood”, (that time in life after having been a Wife and Mother, and now, with her marriage over, and her daughter grown; she was no longer “on the market” as it were for any of the “usual” things that most men supposedly wanted out of a woman… So, she’d just “concentrate” on running her own Interior Design business and “forget” about “Love” ever coming into her life again…) However, Peter’s feelings were a bit bruised when he woke up the next morning after their romantic tryst, alone and went looking for Ann, thinking that he and she had just begun a wonderful relationship. Realizing that he’d been (essentially), sexually “used” by Ann, he chalked the night up to a “wonderful fling” that he’d just have to “get over”. The real mayhem begins (again!), when Ann’s daughter comes home one evening and announces that she’s got a date with a friend of a friend…. And, yes… The man who shows up to go on the blind date with Ann’s daughter is the man that Mom already got to “know”! Peter! Subtext and double entendres play out in a scene that is both hilarious, squirm-worthy and exciting all at the same time when Peter wants to know why Ann behaved “so cowardly” in regards to the way she left him in Greece. Peter wants to know why Ann would be so Puritanically inclined now that she’s back in the “real world”, and sets out to win her love all over again! Liv Ullman, (formerly directed by the legendary Ingmar Bergman!), is a most unlikely “cougar”, and Edward Albert, Jr. a most decidedly un-cub-like “cub” in this priceless gem of a film. Everyone is of legal age, which only begs the question, “Was society ever so truly closed-minded?” The answer, sadly is, they still are! The only real problem with the film, here, is that it’s NOT readily available anywhere!
Country: United States
Language: English, Greek, French
Duration: 110 min
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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