Washing Machine Man

Director: Dean Pitchford
Screenwriters: Dean Pitchford

Institute History

  • 1992 Sundance Film Festival


Ethel and Eddie Sills are a couple in their midseventies who have been married for nearly fifty years. Their relationship has settled into a complete rut: he grumbles and is irascible, while she giggles and jokes, concealing her unhappiness behind a tight smile. Ethel’s attempts to rekindle the flame of romance meet with no success. Finally, in a desperation move, she persuades another septuagenarian, Harv Bienstock, who works at the local Laundromat, to help her pretend that she’s having an affair. This, she hopes, will make Eddie jealous and reawaken his ardor. what she doesn’t anticipate is how much her little ruse will hurt Eddie, and how much it will hurt Harv when he unexpectedly falls in love with her.

Screening Details

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