Friday, July 26, 2013
When Enough Said was announced as a title premiering at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival, I wasn't aware of any such film, but the "directed by Nicole Holofcener" byline immediately grabbed my attention, for her films have a way of doing that with me. None of her four previous films have been huge hits, nor big awards gets, but they are small slices of cinema that have always left an indelible impression, a permanent imprint on me, for her modest chronicles or modern day women have always exhibited tight humor at its prickliest, relationships at their most well defined with a warts and all intimacy that few filmmakers have accomplished in recent cinema. Of course, Enough Said might gain bigger notoriety when it's released this September via Fox Searchlight due the fact that it's one of the last projects completed by James Gandolfini...whatever the case, enough said, she deserves a bigger piece of the pie. This is concerns that of a woman (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who seems a perfect choice for the Holofcener treatment...Elaine Benes herself might have been penned by her) whose nearly about to go through empty nest syndrome when a man (Gandolfini) enters her life.
Holofcener's work has always had a sparkle of Woody Allen...I intend that as a compliment as I mean vintage and vastly more consistent Allen. This may serve as no mere mistake as the writer/director worked as an apprentice under Allen on both A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy and Hannah and Her Sisters. She's also partly responsible for bringing Catherine Keener into bigger and brighter films. What's your favorite of her films? Mine-- Lovely & Amazing.