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Lovley and Amazing

Year: 2001
Production Co: Good Machine
Director: Nicole Holofcener
Writer: Nicole Holofcener
Cast: Catherine Keener, Emily Mortimer, Jake Gyllenhaal
A sweet and quirky arthouse movie about family dysfunction, one that rides on the grinning, earthy shoulders of Catherine Keener as a woman trying to hold it together with too many faults, downfalls and episodes of bad luck.

A conflagration of interesting characters weave their way through the narrative, and while none of it's terribly original, it's all raw, honest, sad and funny - from her increasingly desperate actress sister (Mortimer) to her high-maintenance mother with the precocious, adoptive black daughter, her unsupportive husband or the kid with whom she embarks on an affair (Gyllenhaal) despite being old enough to be his mother.

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