The Man Who Loved Women (1983)

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A womanizing sculptor seeks help from a psychiatrist to cure him of his obsession with women.

"The Man Who Loved Women" is a 1983 American comedy-drama movie directed by Blake Edwards and starring Burt Reynolds, Julie Andrews, and Kim Basinger. It is a remake of the 1977 French movie "L'homme qui aimait les femmes" directed by Fran├žois Truffaut. The story centers around a charismatic yet troubled guy named David Fowler who assesses his life's romantic adventures and deals with his insatiable desire for females.

Plot Overview
The film begins with David Fowler (Burt Reynolds), an effective carver in his late forties, attending a treatment session to discuss his obsessive love for ladies. His compulsion has actually led to a string of failed relationships and personal turmoil. David is depicted as charming and smart however deeply flawed, driven by a tempting tourist attraction to the opposite sex.

Fowler's story unfolds through a series of flashbacks. He recounts his romantic encounters with different women, including a precocious girl that he enjoys, a rich heiress who desires him, and a smart, informative physician, Marianna (Julie Andrews). Each lady offers something special, however David's failure to dedicate or discover real complete satisfaction results in inescapable heartbreak. He constantly sabotages his relationships, either due to monotony, the pursuit of another lady, or ingrained problems that originate from his past.

As David reflects on these liaisons, it ends up being apparent that his fixation on ladies is a way to leave his solitude and inner satanic forces. His love affairs are transient and superficial, and he has trouble forming any genuine, long lasting bond.

Relationship with Marianna
Marianna, David's therapist and eventual fan, works as a grounding force in his disorderly life. Her character is advanced, stable, and understanding. Their relationship provides a glimpse of possible change for David, hinting at the depth and reliability he is capable of achieving. Nevertheless, their relationship is made complex by his incessant womanizing and Marianna's own emotional barriers.

Climactic Realizations
In the movie's climax, David experiences an existential crisis. His extreme lifestyle has not brought him happiness, however only a sense of emptiness. After a series of misadventures and a life-threatening event, he is forced to confront his habits and the repercussions it has actually had on himself and the females he has actually been included with.

David's reckoning leads him to author a book about his experiences and love for females. This act of development is both an effort at self-analysis and an expect redemption. It is just through exploring his past and documenting his emotions that David starts to understand the depth of his problem and the possible course towards resolution.

"The Man Who Loved Women" provides both comedy and drama while checking out styles of love, addiction, and self-discovery. The film got blended evaluations upon release, with appreciation for its performances, especially Reynolds and Andrews, but criticism for not catching the same beauty as the French original. Regardless of the reviews, it uses a thought-provoking look at a male's struggle with the intricacies of love and relationships.

As the story concludes, David is still a guy fumbling with his demons, however there is a sense that he has actually embarked on a journey towards understanding and potentially conquering his self-destructive tendencies. Whether he will be successful remains an open question, but the procedure itself appears to bring him an action closer to finding the peace that has eluded him throughout his pursuits.

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