Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 2010. Sony Pictures Classics, Likely Story, Feelin’ Guilty. Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener. Cinematography by Yaron Orbach. Produced by Anthony Bregman. Music by Tim LeFebvre, Marcelo Zarvos. Production Design by Mark White. Costume Design by Ane Crabtree. Film Editing by Robert Frazen. National Board of Review Awards 2010. Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2010.
Nicole Holocener returns with yet another compelling examination of complicated women. Rebecca Hall is excellent as a health care worker who takes care of her mean, cantankerous grandmother while her callous sister (Amanda Peet) just waits for her to die. Their grandmother’s apartment is owned by their neighbours, two vintage furniture dealers (Oliver Platt, Catherine Keener) whose daughter is having some serious issues with puberty. Keener’s flaw is her constant desire to give money to anyone she sees on the street, as anyone with even a slightly tragic story touches an abyss of guilt inside of her that she cannot control. The interactions of these characters (and a few more, including a lovely Lois Smith as one of Hall’s patients) make for the kind of hard-edged but emotional experience that Holofcener does so well, her protagonists crashing into each other without any apologies or excuses. She creates them so well that their flaws are never grating, as each character is imbued with as much sympathy as conflict. Keener is especially brilliant, yet again the marvelous expression of Holofcener’s emotional explorations, and has rarely looked more beautiful.