Private Life (2018)

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Tamara Jenkins directs Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn and Kayli Carter in this droll drama about a middle aged New York couple jumping through endless scientific hoops when they cannot conceive, who take in a wayward neice who might be the answer to at least one of their myriad problems.

Very astute and warm indie drama about a creative couple going through infertility woes. Pleasingly broad at times but never forsaking an emotional intelligence that mirrors Woody Allen’s finest. Giamatti is in his element as a man permanently suppressing eternal frustration. But we already love Giamatti… so here it is the female ensemble that shines through with brave wit and natural vitality. Hahn is gifted her most expansive showcase yet, fittingly she is generous in scenes with others, scenes where she could easily walkway with the audience. Newcomer Kayli Carter more than holds her own as the surrogate mother / surrogate child who finds herself adrift in the leads’ miserable wake. In years to come this will be seen as all three actors’ key film. Mature, accessible yet fulfilling. Entertainment for adults.

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