The Savages

Year: 2007
Studio: Fox Searchlight
Director: Tamara Jenkins
Writer: Tamara Jenkins
Cast: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter Friedman

More like a play, there a lot of nuance and subtlety in the characters and not a lot of staging or design to speak of, just realistic interaction between brothers Wendy (Linney) and Jon (Hoffman) that's very entertaining to watch in the hands of two such talented actors.

They play somewhat estranged siblings bought together to take care of their senile father's affairs when his long-time female partner dies, Wendy trying her best to be dignified and sensitive, Jon just wanting it over and done with, too busy trying to live his own life.

There's a lot of drama but it never breaks into the kind of grandstanding flares of temper or verbal violence a less subtle director (and script) would elicit. Instead we see every emotional beat of a relationship between these two people that's not quite right but loving nonetheless.

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