NEW YEAR'S DAY
Starring: Henry Jaglom, Maggie Jakobson,
Gwen Welles, David Duchovny,
Melanie Winter, Milos Forman
Rating: Not rated
Runtime: Approximately 80 minutes
Distributor: International Rainbow Pictures
Director: Henry Jaglom
Producer: Judith Wolinsky
Writer: Henry Jaglom
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The tenants are three single women in various life-changing stages. Wiona, sensing her biological clock with no husband in sight, is determined to move out on her own and have a baby. Annie, confused and depressed, is in the midst of an anxiety attack, and the only one that doesn't want to break up their household. Furthermore, she is secretly and homosexually drawn toward Lucy, the third roommate. Lucy, the youngest of the three, is ready to move to California for a new start and new life away from her philandering ex-boyfriend and her domineering parents.
A group of outspoken New Year's Day party guests come and go. They share their various views of life, seek answers to life's complexities, attempt to make sense of relationships, and spout off opinions and advice when none are requested. Everyone has an opinion on how these three should live their lives, but, void of God's truth, it is glaring foolishness.
The improvisational dialogue is extremely natural and sometimes quite captivating. The performances are excellent and the talented director, Jaglom, makes the most of the limited locale. On one the hand, Jaglom very candidly introduces a handful of spiritually bankrupt individuals with whom we empathize. They are depressed, confused and fearful, not realizing that God has their future in His hands, that He will direct their steps, that His counsel is good, and that He has made each day for them to rejoice. Knowing these things as a Christian facilitates relating more compassionately with them.
However, on the other hand, in the midst of their soul bearing, Jaglom becomes quite the voyeur: intimacies are discussed that are not for public hearing. Humanistic philosophies and immoralities that go against our beliefs and values abound. Frankly, there are more edifying things to discuss. Moreover, you don't have to live on the farm to relate to the farmer. In fact, "you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do -- living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry" (1 Peter 4: 3). Therefore, "Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us" (2: 12).