The Savages


(out of 5)

Two siblings, long estranged from their parents, are reunited when their aging father () is left to deal with his dementia alone after his girlfriend dies. It couldn’t come at a more inconvenient time as drama professor  is working on his book on Bertold Brecht and office temp  is trying to rise above her situation and get her playwriting career going. This emotionally difficult but deeply felt look at complicated family dynamics is never flashy or overly intense; its subtle intelligence and quiet beauty make it simultaneously challenging and rewarding. Hoffman and Linney shine, while Bosco really jumps off the screen as a man who is having difficulty holding on to the reality of his life.

USA, 2007

Directed by

Screenplay by Tamara Jenkins

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2007

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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Laura Linney as “Wendy Savage”)
Best Writing (Original Screenplay) (Tamara Jenkins)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Philip Seymour Hoffman)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award
Best Screenplay (Tamara Jenkins)

National Society of Film Critics Award
Best Screenplay (Tamara Jenkins)

Best Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman)

National Board Of Review Award
Top Ten Independent Films

Writers Guild Award Nomination
Best Original Screenplay

Independent Spirit Awards
Best Male Lead (Philip Seymour Hoffman)
Best Screenplay

Best Director (Tamara Jenkins)
Best Cinematography

Chicago Film Critics Award Nominations
Best Actress (Laura Linney)
Best Screenplay, Original



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