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Aro Recommended Savages, The

 

USA 2007, 114 minutes
Dir. Tamara Jenkins
Genres: Drama

Topics: Mental Health, Mid-life.

 

Aroview: Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney make for convincing, disenchanted siblings in this compassionate observation of a family crisis surrounding their ailing, Alzheimer's-afflicted father.

Through equal parts tenderness and self-loathing, dir. Jenkins’ even-handed film manages to thoughtfully address the onset of old age and dependence on (adult) children for care, while making good mileage out of its cranky, middle-age approaching stars. Can be likened in some ways to YOU CAN COUNT ON ME (also starring Linney), with small moments of humour that complement, but never undercut the sobriety of its subject matter.

NZ International Film Festival 2008

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DVD Features

  • deleted scenes
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 16:9
 

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