Told in non-linear fashion, Micklin Silver charts the fling between single Charles and married Laura. We see happier times between the pair mixed with the depression Charles endures following their breakup. He wants her to leave her husband (Mark Metcalf) and when it appears the marriage has gone south, Charles makes his move to rekindle things. If this doesn't sound especially comedic, it's not—Micklin Silver doesn't mine the situation for humor. Heard plays Charles so steely and calculating, he almost comes off as a sociopath. It's not at all easy to find a reason to relate to Charles' desire to reunite with Laura. Not helping matters is that Laura is just as dull as Charles, if maybe a bit more likable thanks to Hurt's agreeable performance.
Peter Riegert has a few nice moments as Charles' layabout friend Sam. But a subplot involving Charles' mother Clara (Gloria Grahame) and her struggle with dementia feels like it belongs in a different movie. Or maybe it should've been the focus of this one. Charles' prickly relationship with Clara's second husband Pete (Kenneth McMillan) results in some of the chilliest scenes in Chilly Scenes and closer examination may have yielded interesting results.
Bobby Byrne's cinematography looks good in 1080p on Twilight Time's Blu-ray. Ken Lauber's cheesy score sounds good (in terms of fidelity, not taste—it's more like TV music of the era) on the DTS-HD MA mono track. You can hear it isolated on an alternate track. Twilight Time has also included a commentary by director Joan Micklin Silver and producer Amy Robinson (Teresa in Mean Streets).