Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 2002. Holedigger Films, Ready Made Film. Screenplay by Craig Lucas, based on the novel The Age Of Grief by Jane Smiley. Cinematography by Florian Ballhaus. Produced by Campbell Scott, George VanBuskirk. Music by Gary DeMichele. Production Design by Ted Glass. Costume Design by Amy Westcott. Film Editing by Andy Keir.
Campbell Scott and Hope Davis are great as a married couple who are both dentists. Scott starts suspecting his wife of infidelity, and the mental breakdown that comes with his suspicions includes flashbacks of their early relationship and the days when they were most in love, not to mention an imaginary friend in the form of Denis Leary. Brilliantly acted, the film features top-notch direction from Alan Rudolph (more precise than he’s ever been) and a riveting screenplay culled from Jane Smiley’s novel The Age Of Grief. This film captures the true nature of relationships better than any American film made in years (and proves why The Story Of Us wasn’t worth your time).
Toronto International Film Festival: 2002