He is a professor, she is a lawyer and they live comfortably in high middle class Swedish society with two off-screen daughters.
But despite their seemingly perfect marriage, he falls in love with someone else and the relationship crumbles.
Unlike most of these kinds of films, the movie isn’t told through the child’s, Billy’s, naïve and neglected perspective, but rather concentrates on how the parents simultaneously deal and balance everything during this rough transition.
Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) is a workaholic advertising executive who is incredibly distracted by his new account — so much so that when he comes home with great news regarding it, he hardly hears his wife, Joanna (Meryl Streep) say “I’m leaving” or notices her packed bags by the door.
Hoffman and the kid reportedly decided to use improvisation where possible so that it would result with a sense of reality and unrehearsed confusion.
For quite a while, Joanna has been off-screen while Ted and their son gradually cope and bond with each other, but she soon returns and announces that she feels ready to regain custody of her son.
Research has also shown a greater risk of high blood pressure among lonely people, as well as higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, weakened immune systems, and Alzheimer's disease.
"This is the meeting place, the agora," he explains. It makes me feel good." Crawford visits a store like this almost every day. Other good-looking, well-dressed people are also here alone, slowly pushing carts of their own.