#52FilmsByWomen: ENOUGH SAID

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20/52 ENOUGH SAID.

Wow, it’s already been 20 weeks of women-directed films and this week I want to feature an “old” favorite.

Writer/Director Nicole Holofcener’s work always touches my heart and any film from her is an event for me. She’s been around for long time, directing great television shows such as Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, Parks and Rec, Enlightened and Orange is the New Black. Around these shows she writes and directs gems of films like Walking and Talking or Lovely and Amazing–all of which I’ve loved. She is a true indie spirit.

I love this movie because it features pitch-perfect performances from two actors I deeply admire: comedic genius Julia Louis-Dreyfus and our beloved James Gandolfini who was taken too soon. Holofcener’s dialogue for these characters rings poignant and true as she explores second chances for love and acceptance in the middle phase of life…and all of the pitfalls and pratfalls that go along with it.

Gandolfini’s performance reminded me of his range as an actor. I’m embedded in Season 3 of The Sopranos (it’s my great fortune to be watching this series for the first time) and it was almost shocking to me that there was no trace of the complicated Italian mobster from New Jersey. And after a few seasons of Louis-Dreyfus blowing our minds in Veep, it’s fun to go back and watch some of her subtler work. I also noticed, for the first time, that so many of the featured and supporting cast now have their own television series such as Transparent and Casual. Kudos to casting director Jeanne McCarthy who has always had such an eye for dramedy talent.

Whether you’ve seen this movie several times or not at all, you’re definitely in for a treat.

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