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Illustrator Brooks Wilson is an artist who has hit a wall with his career. While trying to move past it and acquire new projects to work on, he is also striving to keep his marriage going and his mistress satisfied. Based on a book called Brooks Wilson Ltd by John McDermott, written under his pen name J.M. Ryan, Loving focuses on the self-destruction of the 60s man, an artist attempting to satisfy everyone around him and failing more often than not. He is drowning in a never-ending cycle of trying to live life to the fullest (debauchery included) and at the same time fearing that he had already experienced everything there is to experience.
Brooks Wilson is portrayed by the masterful George Segal, an actor capable of sitting in front of a wall and making us feel invested in his troubles. And a fair amount of those problems are caused by the wonderful Eva Marie Saint, in the role of Brooks’ wife Selma, a woman stuck with two children and a husband who barely accepts the life he created for himself, a life that could be described as a suburban dream turned nightmare. Irvin Kershner directed the film, showcasing the qualities that eventually led to him helming films like The Empire Strikes Back and Never Say Never Again.