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Enough Said by Nicole Holofcener

January 5, 2014

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Enough Said is the fifth feature film by Nicole Holofcener – a director who has worked mainly for a number of TV series: very different stuff going from Sex and the City to Enlightened – and the themes she explores here and the way she conducts her investigation would surely fit a TV show: Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Albert (James Gandolfini) meet at a party, she is a tiny little thing, he is a bear but they are both middle age persons who have been emotionally scarred by marriages which ended with divorces, they both have daughters who are about leaving for college, they both are willing but at the same time wary about the chance to start a new relationship, their first steps seem to go in the right direction but at that party Eva before meeting Albert has made another acquaintance – a poet – who will play an unexpected role in her relationship with Albert.

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The TV product feeling is augmented by Holofcener’s casting choices, but while Julia Louis-Dreyfus doesn’t manage to come out of the characters we have seen her play on the TV screen, James Gandolfini gives a majestic and nuanced performance, probably this is the best role he got in films and it is a pity to think he will get no more, he was really an actor with an amazing range, there is not even a Tony Soprano blink of an eye in his acting here. Gandolfini is the highlight of the film but Enough Said is a better film than the shortcomings I have described above, the story is able to deliver in a believable way the paradoxical situation its main characters are living: the human desire to be in a relationship and the even more human fear to suffer again. The film would have benefited if Eva and Albert relationships with their daughters had not been so heavy on the Eva side and so evanescent on the Albert one, it seems Holofcener was glad to glide over a lot of issues and thematic elements without the will to make them part of the story she was telling, Enough Said is an easy to like/easy to forget film.

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One Comment
  1. I very much liked your short review. I was actually pretty surprised at how much I liked this movie. I recently wrote a review on ‘Enough Said’ myself (http://watchaflick.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/review-enough-said-2013/)

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