Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Divorce in Manhattan still isn't glamourous and with Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep at the helm of this multiple Oscar winner, the film resounds with sentiment.

When a discontented Joanna Kramer walks out on Ted Kramer and their young son Billy, Ted is given the gift of parenting, though his work becomes more stressful as a result. Extraordinary tension mounts when Joanna returns a year later, her life back together, with a desire for custody of Billy.

There are some deeply relational issues tackled by the film - between husband and wife, between each parent and their son, between society and parental roles, etc. As a parent watching the film, it is difficult to not judge the parents' battle over their son and their divorce as simply selfish.


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