The Savages

Director: Tamara Jenkins
Year: 2007
Country: USA
Running time: 113 mins
USA
Screenplay: Tamara Jenkins
Photography: Mott Hupfel
Editor: Brian A. Kates
Music: Stephen Trask
M low level offensive language

With: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, Gbenga Akinnagbe

Festivals: Sundance, Toronto, Vancouver, London 2007

In this rueful and beautifully acted black comedy a middle-aged brother and sister who've never quite grown up are suddenly obliged to care for an increasingly out-of-it father who never really cared for them.

"The Savages is terrific - a movie of uncommon appreciation for the nature and nurture that go into making us who we are, a perfectly calibrated drama both compassionate and unsentimental... Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney - two of the most focused, natural actors working today - are in peak form, and together they play off each other with the unfettered, joyous collaboration of great chamber musicians... The Savages is bruisingly funny in the damnedest places, the way life is." — Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly.

"I can't begin to count the ways in which The Savages pleased me, but the very best of them is the way Tamara Jenkins's comedy stays tough while sneakily turning tender." — Joe Morgenstern, The Wall St Journal

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