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Leave of Absence (1994)

When a married man's mistress falls seriously ill, he must make the toughest choice of his life.

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Stars: Martin Sheen, Jacqueline Bisset, Victoria Shalet
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When a married man's mistress falls seriously ill, he must make the toughest choice of his life.

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11 May 1994 (USA)  »

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SYMPHONY NO. 1
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Performed by Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Gerard Schwarz
Courtesy of Delos International, Inc.
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Watcheable but highly immoral !
2 September 2005 | by (Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France) – See all my reviews

I am an unconditional fan of Brian Dennehy ( like Charles Durning ). I like them physically and generally like the characters they portray in films. This film is a little different because it is immoral, and I'm not quite sure why the director made it. The offending item ( above and beyond Dennehy himself of course ) is Jacqueline Bisset whom I love very much too - a real lady with a lovely face and accent. This charm cannot hide the fact that Dennehy does the dirty on his wife who is far less attractive ( I presume this was done on purpose to manipulate the spectator ! ) The punishment for this is that this happiness cannot last because the third party is condemned to die of cancer, but what is almost unbelievable is Dennehy's request to his wife that he goes to live with Bisset for the time of her illness, and that his wife should take him back when Bisset snuffs it. What a cheek ! Of course the ending is otherwise and he gets the just desserts. In spite of the immoral story line, I found the acting very good and plausible, I am biased because I love both of the main actors but cared little for Dennehy's wife who does not come over as an attractive person. In short, I would recommend the film for the actors and acting but would warn would-be viewers of the immorality of its plot. Obviously in France ( and perhaps certain other European countries like the UK or Holland ) this sort of behaviour does go on in real life and the media would have us believe ( I hasten to add, though, that it cuts no ice with me ! ) that it is " normal " but viewers in other countries may well be shocked by certain aspects of this film. You are warned !


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