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Reviewed in the United States on May 16, 2021
OK, unlike with some more recent Eastwoods, watching this one actually /is/ better than watching paint dry.
But not by much.
This is a "romance" in the tawdriest sense imaginable. Maltin links it to /Brief Encounter/; it makes /Brief Encounter/ look good, which is hard to do since it was also made to appeal to middle-aged women who still believe that True Love will come to them some day.
And it isn't as if Eastwood looked at all attractive, or either of the principals (and this is mostly a two-character movie) is particularly convincing. Indeed, I came to welcome a return to the wrapper (her kids discover her diary after she dies and learn about what happened) -- and I hated the wrapper.
Still, at least now I know what the Doonesbury "Washed Out Bridges" sequence was satirizing.
If you /like/ tawdry romances, be my guest.
If you want to see a romance that is on a whole 'nother level, I recommend /Dr. Zhivago/ or /Ride Your Wave/.