Review #1/1 by Nightwater, Rated: , Review created 02/08/2011, modified 02/09/2011
A story of an unhealthy friendship between a writer, Harry (Pacino) and his photographer friend, Jake (Orbach). Harry shows up at Jake's apartment in the middle of the night, broke and broken, asking to be repaid for money loaned. We quickly see that this friendship is unbalanced, with Jake playing the cynical New York man of art and culture, and Harry the starving middle-aged artist seeking approval. There is great chemistry between the two principles as the characters reveal themselves affectingly through continuous conversation and a few flashbacks. Pacino directed this film, and the direction seems uneven. He states in the epilogue on the DVD that he didn't believe that dialogue was enough to carry a film, that a motion picture required...motion. Unfortunately, the cinematic devices used to introduce visual activity here seem random. Nonetheless, it is well worth watching the evolution and devolution of this friendship which is told well enough through the character's own words delivered convincingly by two fine actors.