Its such a wonderfully subtle but also forthright exploration of simple pleasures, small surprises, disappointments, actually lots of action, just not physical Thor vs Loki action, or even Meryl Steep vs Phlllip Seymour Hoffman action.
I had the pleasure to see Shelley Winters mangle this iplay in teh 80s at Elitch Garden Theater in the old elitch Gardens amusement park in Denver (alas, like the bookstore, nomore, moved and changed into Six Flags....a theater that even Fredric March had done summer stock in)
Shelley was all over the map,forgot dialogue, broke the third wall (something like "oh oh , wait a minute i've got it now...") but was endearing.
Anne Bancroft deserved at least an oscar nomination...this is a much better job of acting than Sally Field's PLACES IN THE HEARAT IN 1984, THOUGH Kathleen turner in ROMANCING THE STONE gave a kookylight hearted performance in ROMANCING THE STONE and a searing erotic one as CHyna Blue, cant remember the name of that movie....Anne Bancroft's GARBO TALKS and 84, and especially AGNES OF GOD need to be brought up regarding actresses who became big stars 9THE MIRACLE WORKER, THE GRADUATE), and then doing things like 84 or even the remake with Mel of the old Jack Benney/Carole Lombard Nazi comedy.
84 makes me sigh for a time a little earlier tha my life and Anthony Hopkins shows why ...at least for over a decade plus he was one of the top two or three actors.