The Savages details
|Starring:||Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman, David Zayas, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Cara Seymour, Tonye Patano|
|Studio:||20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||1 hour 53 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 May 2008|
|Main languages:||English, English Audio Description|
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Subtle & credibleBy MariElaina (27 reviews) from Bury St. Edmunds , 01 Jun 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Considering the subject matter being dementia of an abusive, estranged, elderly parent & his self absorbed dysfunctional adult son & daughter, I found this film to be interestingly understated & without the usual tear jerking sentimentalism that often accompanies those films dealing with the final days of cruel illness.
I felt this film was more about how Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman) & Wendy (Laura Linney) his sister, each dealt with & eventually came to terms with the situation thrust upon them. I though their acting was superb & totally credible, neither over or under playing their roles. Whilst Jon displayed his practical, somewhat skeptical & dour maleness, Wendy's emotions covered guilt, confusion & self esteem in a convincing & very feminine way.
Both benefited from their enforced time together & so a positive future ensued.
I was impressed by the direction of Tamara Jenkins, especially with the natural & subtle way that humour was introduced.
If you like thoughtful films that explore humankind, you will probably enjoy this one.
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The Savages (2007)By a customer from London, England , 19 Mar 2010This film focusses on characters rather than story. As such, it becomes a bit of a chore at times.
Just like a car crash...By ISB (35 reviews) from London , 04 Feb 2010...you know it's bad to stare but you do anyway. That's this film, that is.
If you need to see a film to make you feel better about your family and relationships, then this is a good place to start. It's family dysfunction at it's sober best. But it's portrayed so well by a stellar cast that you feel sympathy for all the characters, even the supposedly horrible ones. There's even a wonderfully touching moment at the end to make all but the dead inside feel good about life.
The film is steady paced and fairly dull (lighting wise) so don't expect a roller-coaster journey, like say with Little Miss Sunshine, but Linney's performance is so natural and believable, and Hoffman so brutally honest you feel absolutely glued to the screen. It's prety much like real-life!
Watch it, it's good, very good.
not a bad filmBy Gusman (7 reviews) from Beckenham , 06 Jan 2010nicely done, unremarkable but enjoyable
InterestingBy a customer from Gateshead , 05 Jan 2010Enjoyable thought prevoking stuff
An apt film title, at least to begin with.By danieljparsons (118 reviews) from Ashford , 02 Jan 2010The Savages is a near-perfectly made, flawlessly acted gem. Suddenly forced into 'real life' at 42 and 39 years of age, siblings Jon and Wendy have to care for their estranged father, who has developed dementia. A simple, character-driven story dealing with a messy subject in a subtle, intelligent and cathartic way that pulls none of its punches and never wallows in sentimentality. Refreshingly told with beautiful camera work and filled with truthful observations, melancholy, black humor and poignancy, this is just a wonderful film. It's essentially a two-hander (though unusually we do also see things from the father's perspective sometimes), with Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman never putting a foot wrong. The Savages reminded me very much of Alexander Payne's About Schmidt and Sideways (and Payne is one of the Exec Producers) - not just in terms of style but in substance too. Definitely worthy of your time.