First Look: "The Savages"

“The Savages” takes a bold, painfully funny look at Dementia.

I think.

Upon viewing a short interview clip of Philip Seymour Hoffman (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, Capote, Boogie Nights) and Laura Linney’s (Jindabyne, Primal Fear) recent chat with Newsday I realize one thing, I adore the both of them.

Without giving too much up about their latest film “The Savages”, and infecting me with a fever that could only be cured by watching their collective poise, the two Academy Award winning actors share thoughts and feelings about the movie, their character dynamics, and the urgent reality of elder care.
The best part?
They do it in their own very similar quirky, tart style that I’ve come to love over the years (they just happen to be two of my favorite actors).
And this alone is what I predict will make “The Savages” a huge success.

So yeah…I’m a character nut.
Sure, the story is always important, but stylings, especially those of two dry-witted character actors as Linney and Hoffman, is what I crave.
In a nutshell, “The Savages” tells the tale of senior Lenny’s (Philip Bosco) battle with Dementia. His two adult children Wendy (Laura Linney) and Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman) place their father in a nursing home. Wendy moves in with her brother to be closer to the home creating friction and no shortage of bittersweet turmoil.

Writer and Director Tamara Jenkins, who gave us the smart dark comedy “The Slums of Beverly Hills” (1998) is said to have created a brilliant “Tragidrama”. Um, well, tragedy might be too serious a term here, especially for Jenkins.
For now, let’s just call it dramatic comedy.
Wait, how ’bout a “Realitragicomedrama”?

Dementia will never look the same.

“The Savages” is currently playing exclusive engagements and will be coming soon to the Hudson Valley.

I can’t wait to see it.


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