Dir. Tamara Jenkins. 2007, 113 mins. 35mm. With Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco. Hoffman gave some of his best and most underrated performances in relatively low-budget independent films, such as Tamara Jenkins’s deeply moving and comical The Savages. Hoffman plays a self-absorbed Buffalo college professor who must team up with his sister, a struggling playwright, after their father’s mental health starts to deteriorate. As Manohla Dargis wrote in The New York Times, “There isn’t a single moment of emotional guff or sentimentality…the film caused me to periodically wince, but also left me with a sense of acute pleasure, even joy.
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