About The Film
An enigmatic Holocaust survivor navigates romantic entanglements in postwar America, in ENEMIES, A LOVE STORY, a soulful, brilliantly acted adaptation of Isaac Bashevis Singer's tragicomic novel. Spared from the camps, Herman Broder (Ron Silver) lives among other Jewish refugees near Coney Island, but his ordeal goes on. Aloof and guilt-ridden, he leads a double life, married to the Polish peasant (Margaret Sophie Stein) who sheltered him in wartime, but embroiled in a fervid affair with a sultry married woman (Lena Olin), also a survivor. When his assumed-dead first wife (Angelica Houston) resurfaces, Herman's woes deepen. Mixing humor and pathos, filmmaker Paul Mazursky lends empathy to these haunted characters who are caught in a netherworld between the living and dead. Nominated for three Academy Awards, nostalgic scenes of bustling midcentury New York City are enhanced by a period pop and klezmer soundtrack.