Girlfriends (1978)

Directed by Claudia Weill

A photographer and her best friend are roommates. She is stuck with small-change shooting jobs and dreams of success. When her roommate decides to get married and leave, she feels hurt and has to learn how to deal with living alone.

Believing that with a second child she would have no time to write, Anne has just had an abortion. In bed, playing solitaire, she apologizes to Susan for not coming to her show. “I’m sorry. I just couldn’t . . .” she explains. In fact, by making this commitment to herself as a writer, she has shown up for their friendship.

Carol Gilligan