USA, 113' ,
Directed by: Tamara Jenkins
Script: Tamara Jenkins
Producer: Ted Hope, Anne Carey, Erica Westheimer
Production company: Ad Hominem
Cinematography: Mott Hupfel
Editing: Brian A. Kates
Music: Stephen Trask
Cast: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco
Format: 35mm, color
Running time: 113'
The film boasts performances by two of the most talented actors working today. The brilliant Laura Linney plays Wendy Savage, an aspiring playwright languishing in temp jobs in New York City and courting perpetual dissatisfaction through an affair with a married neighbour. Academy Award®-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Wendy’s brother, Jon, a theatre-arts professor living in Buffalo and slogging through an overdue book on Brecht. Neither sibling is fulfilled by their pursuits, and things quickly take a turn for the worse when they are called upon to arrange care for their ailing father, Lenny.. Lenny’s ability to manage for himself has run out, and he must leave his Arizona retirement community. Wendy and Jon have to get over long-standing tensions – with each other, with Lenny and with the world at large – to find their dad a suitable place to live out his days.
Tamara Jenkins was born in Philadelphia and received an M.F.A. in filmmaking from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She made several short films, including 'Fugitive Love' (1991) and 'Family Remains' (1994), which received a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. She made her feature film debut with 'Slums of Beverly Hills' (1998), and has since directed theatre for The New Group and a series of public service announcements for Amnesty International. 'The Savages' (2007) is her second feature film.
There are no easy answers in dealing with aging and dying parents, and Jenkins doesn't try to give us one; she simply takes us into the story of her fascinating characters, and the integrity with which she handles it makes it ring true throughout / Kim Voynar, cinematical.com
Location and screening schedule:
premiere: SC Cinema, Wednesday, October 24th at 14.00
reprisal: Cinema Europe, Wednesday, October 24th at 21.30