While hitchhiking through the affluent LA suburbs, Breezy (Kay Lenz) wanders into the life of middle aged, conservative businessman Frank (William Holden) and an unlikely romance begins. The age difference is something that Breezy can deal with, but Frank has plenty of hang ups after a bitter divorce and a recent failed relationship.
Review by Louise Keller:
Not surprisingly, the joys of Breezy lie in the 'how' rather than the 'what' in this charming May December romance from Clint Eastwood. Made in 1973, Eastwood makes an uncredited appearance as a passer by on the pier, in a scene when Holden's usually cynical businessman Frank (William Holden) takes Breezy (Kay Lenz) clothes shopping. The relationship between Frank and the eager-to-love Breezy is both surprising and haunting, and Eastwood tackles the subject matter with the utmost of delicacy. It's the set up of Jo Heims' sensitive script that makes the relationship credible while Michel Legrand's lingering title song (with lyrics by Marilyn and Alan Bergman) tugs at our emotions.
Lenz' Breezy is young and fresh with an easy smile. She has nothing but the clothes on her back and a guitar that bears her name slung over her slight shoulders. Yet, in the greater sense she lacks nothing and believes people are basically good. By contrast, Holden's Frank has a life that is cluttered by past relationships and weighed down by a black cloud of cynicism. He has a string of rules that apply to relationships including no strings and no mutual need, but Breezy somehow sneaks into his life and gives him a purpose. He unwittingly gives her an ocean and a dog called Sir Love-A-Lot, and it is through his friends (Marj Dusay's Betty and Roger C. Carmel's Bob) that Frank discovers what he is missing. I especially like the scenes when Bob expresses his dissatisfaction at his own life and marriage as he and the frustrated, slightly overweight Frank play tennis, work out and share the steam room. There's poignancy too, by contrast to Breezy's druggie friend Marcy (Jamie Smith-Jackson), who lives nearby in a house off which the paint is aptly peeling.
Although he is more than double her age, it is Frank who is ill at ease, not Breezy, as they begin a conversation. There is something very simple about the way Breezy sees things. 'Does it follow you around all the time,' she asks of the black cloud over his head. 'Would you mind very much if I love you?' she asks. 'I wouldn't expect anything in return.' Frank's cynicism is wiped off bit by bit as he sheds his preconceptions about his life. This is a charming film that explores relationships, getting older and keeping that 'zing' alive. It is reportedly one of Eastwood's personal favourites and is as fresh as it is joyous.
Published June 11, 2009
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BREEZY: DVD (M)
CAST: William Holden, Kay Lenz, Roger C. Carmel, Marj Dusay, Joan Hotchkis, Jamie Smith-Jackson
PRODUCER: Robert Daley
DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood
SCRIPT: Jo Heims
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Frank Stanley
EDITOR: Ferris Webster
MUSIC: Michel Legrand
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Alexander Golitzen (Art direction)
RUNNING TIME: 102 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: None
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Umbrella Entertainment
DVD RELEASE: September 1, 2007