With a great deal of passion and irony, director Paul Mazursky adapted the Isaac Bashevis Singer novel about a Holocaust survivor who finds himself married to three women in 1949 New York. Herman Broder, enigmatic, passive, and yet strangely compelling, is married to the simple Polish peasant who saved him from the Nazis. Meanwhile, he carries on an affair with a smoldering, intellectually keen concentration camp survivor. Suddenly his bewitching first wife, believed dead from the war, reappears (in an exceptional performance by Anjelica Huston). Herman's lack of decisiveness and compounding dilemmas resonate with a Talmudic complexity and alternate between the apocalyptic and the absurd. In contrast, it is the women who, by making choices, ultimately demonstrate the power of love.