April 09, 1979 12:00 PM

Geraldine Chaplin plays a recently released ex-con who travels to Southern California to find her ex-husband, Tony Perkins. He’s since remarried, but soon they are in each other’s arms, if only for a moment. That is the story, but director Alan Rudolph takes too long to tell it. Rudolph may be too much under the influence of Robert Alt-man, whose company produced both this film and his previous Welcome to L.A. Where Altman’s eccentric style works for him (usually), Rudolph can only imitate, and the result is elliptical and vague. There are saving graces, especially the fine blues score by Alberta Hunter and an often affecting performance by Berry Berenson, who plays Perkins’ second wife (she’s his Mrs. in real life). But otherwise, forget it. (R)

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