Love Streams. 1984. USA. Directed by John Cassavetes. Screenplay by Ted Allan, Cassavetes, based on Allan's play. With Gena Rowlands, Cassavetes, Seymour Cassel
35mm. 141 min.
Sarah and Robert are siblings who have little connection to each other. Robert, a successful writer of pulp fiction, is emotionally remote and skilled at pushing away anyone who tries to enter his life—hence the string of casual relationships. Sarah, a housewife whose marriage is on the rocks, is a big open wound of emotion who can't stop acquiring pets and knickknacks. As critic Roger Ebert put it, "Viewers raised on trained and tame movies may be uncomfortable in the world of Cassavetes; his films are built around lots of talk and the waving of arms and the invoking of the gods."