Four Friends | Chicago Reader

Four Friends

Arthur Penn's direction is sensitive and skillful enough to make this movie seem extremely good until the second it leaves the screen, at which point it totally evaporates. With his themes of personal flight and family membership, Penn finds a sympathetic collaborator in screenwriter Steven Tesich (Breaking Away), yet development is stalled and impact blunted by what seem to be large, undigested chunks of Tesich's autobiography. Craig Wasson plays a young Yugoslavian, growing up with his immigrant parents in East Chicago, Indiana, and moving on to Northwestern University and New York City. Jim Metzler and Michael Huddleston are two friends; Jodi Thelen, an imponderable young woman who appears to be the embodiment of “America,” is the third. Photographed by the late Ghislain Cloquet, in evocatively deep, dreamily saturated colors.

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