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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Please Give by Nicole Holofcener, 2010 (R)

With Catherine Keener (Peace Love and Misunderstanding, SimOne, Out of Sight), Amanda Peet, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3), Kevin Corrigan (Unstoppable)...

"Kate has a lot on her mind. There's the ethics problem of buying furniture on the cheap at estate sales and marking it up at her trendy Manhattan store. And how much markup can she get away with? There's the materialism problem of not wanting her teenage daughter to want the expensive things that Kate wants. There's the marriage problem of sharing a partnership in parenting, business and life with her husband Alex but sensing doubt nibbling at the foundations. And, there's Kate's free-floating 21st century malaise -- the problem of how to live well and be a good person when poverty, homelessness, and sadness are always right outside the door. Plus, there's the neighbors: cranky, elderly Andra and the two granddaughters who look after her." Google

From the trailer, I was expecting something more caustic, drastically unpolitically correct. It would be fair to say it is a great film, the dialogues as really good and the actors perfect. Scene after scene, we enjoy the cohabitation of such characters. They are all very attaching in their way. What is lacking is a bigger sense of the story. Each scene looks too detached from the previous one to finally make you feel that this movie has a weakness, although it has such a great potential. Frustrating.

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