Minnie and Moskowitz


The chaotic romance of a museum curate and a car park attendant

“THE MOVIES LEAD YOU ON,” MOANS Minnie (Gena Rowlands). “They set you up to believe in everything.” Despite such fighting talk, M&M is one of John Cassavetes’ lighter works, a breather between the bitter pills of Husbands (1970) and A Woman Under The Influence (1974). But a goofier groove can’t mask the godfather of indie’s loose-limbed, rough-edged imprint, nor the middle-aged loneliness that prods museum curator Minnie and parking-lot attendant Moskowitz (Seymour Cassel) into a chaotic romance. Performances are loud but unshowy, eccentric yet unrehearsed – believable, in a word.

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