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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Too close to home to be enjoyable . . .By Flicka (13 reviews) from Shipley , 18 Sep 2009This story is so realistic and so real that it is an education but not an enjoyable film on the entertainment level . . .
Bitter sweetBy Susan75 (11 reviews) from Colchester , 19 Aug 2009I loved this film. I have a friend with Alzheimers and this film was the closest to the truth, with a sense of humour, that I have come across.
Was funny, dark and very well portrayed. Great acting skills by all,
A very real look at lifeBy a customer from London , 04 Aug 2009I thought this was a good and very revealing film - The actors were great in a very real way - with all the defects and problems and issues people face as they get older, struggle to cope with parents getting older and generally muddle through - I did on a number of occasions feel sad and welled up with tears but it was a good film and I enjoyed it (even if it was sad) - worth seeing - good acting!
AlrightBy a customer from Scottish Borders , 02 Aug 2009A ok film but not remarkable. Slightly depressing. Humorous in parts. The three leads play their parts well. Its definitely not one to watch if youre feeling down. All in all an alright film just not very up lifting.
The SavagesBy a customer from Castleford , 01 Aug 2009A bit slow to begin with but after the first half hour bacame engrossed in the characters and couldn't wait to see what happened to them