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Tuesday, May 20, 2008


I got a chance to rent Savages the other day, and really enjoyed it. It stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney and, per usual, Hoffman was amazing. He's grown to be one of my favorite actors. Laura Linney also provided a perfect compliment to Hoffman, playing Hoffman's sister.

The basic rundown of the story is Hoffman and Linney's (Jon and Wendy Savage's) father has been diagnosed with dementia and has to be placed in a nursing home . The film chronicles their battle with and denial of the inevitability of death and the process of caring for their dying father. It's got a good mix of dark humor and sincere drama (for a lack of a better term) and does a good job in approaching a subject that is often taboo in American society. It's worth a look, add it to your queue.

1 comment:

comoprozac said...

If you rented it from 9th Street, I may have been the one to have it just before you. It was very smart and well-acted. Very real film. It was way better than the other dark comedy I rented, Margot at the Wedding.