Enough Said

RATED-(PG-13)-93-MIN-2013

I was a big fan like many, of (The Sopranos) and particularly of the late (James Gandolfini‘s) brilliant performance as the ruthless and troubled Tony Soprano. When people spoke of him personally, they told of a very different and soft-spoken gentle man, that was hard to imagine giving his powerhouse role in that show. Watching the excellent (Enough Said), starring him and the talented (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), you will see that gentle soul and miss him dearly. This is a small but wonderful little gem of film that has been giving much praise and rightfully so. It is simple in it’s story arc, but most will understand and recognize the human frailties and actions that the two main characters take in this movie. You will relate, because you are either in a similar predicament in some way,or may be some day.

(Dreyfus) has such a beautiful and expressive face that she so naturally conveys her emotions with in this film. She did this in (Seinfeld), but in here, it is a mostly serious role and you get her from the get go. Sometimes she is not so pleasant, but she is real and reacts from the heart…like we all would. Here she plays: Eva, a masseuse and divorced mom of a daughter who is going off to college, who she is trying desperately to connect to. The separation anxiety is kicking in and she loves her daughter, but has grown apart a bit; another victim of the generation gap. She is a good woman holding on.

At a party, she meets: Albert (Gandolfini) , another divorce who’s daughter is about to go away to college and there is playful banter as she says that she hasn’t seen one man she is attracted to at the party. If you are a Woody Allen fan, these scenes might work better for you. Albert is a bit plump, messy and not quite what she would think she would like, but she agrees to a date with him because they laugh at each other. He is a good man and they get the joke they are in. Also at the party, she meets the rather full of herself: Marianne (the always great Catherine Keener),  also a divorcea  and poet . Eva gives Marianne her card for a massage.

Eva and Marianne become friends and they talk of their failed marriages and what they didn’t get out of it….mostly Marianne. Later, Eva and Albert go on their first date and it is clumsy and awkward at times," like real life“, but they have fun and truly like each others company. They are an odd couple of sorts, but they compliment each other in unexpected ways. I just want to point out the wonderful chemistry that Gandolfini and Dreyfus have in their scenes, as they genuinely have a fabulous rapport with each other. I have watched interviews with Dreyfus where she talks about the affection she had for him, and it is very obvious in the film. She really shows that emotion and it adds much to the dilemma that they encounter. Gandolfini is a joy to watch as this damaged fellow with a good heart, who falls in love with Eva.

This is a film about small points and subtle moments and it is very clear that the two leads not only got the characters they were playing, but totally embraced it. The major plot device, some may see coming, but the thing that makes the movie work so well is the honest and sometimes uncomfortable scenes that are played out, along with the wonderful performances of it’s two stars. This is a film about parenting, second chances at relationships and the fear that we all will at some point when our kids leave, feel alone. There is a great scene at the airport later in the film, where (Dreyfus) and her ex husband: Peter ( Toby Huss), say goodbye to their daughter: Ellen played by the very good (Tracy Fairaway), who is off to college. It is sad and sweet moment when the two parents who couldn’t get along, after saying goodbye to her, acknowledge that they “made a good person”. This is a wonderful movie about a couple of "good" people that you will root for.

You should see this movie

Watch the trailer: http://youtu.be/5-ysQwCMKKE