With four well-received films in 14 years, Nicole Holofcener has established herself as one of the best writer-directors in the business, drawing on her own life experiences to create observant and funny feature films.
Her fifth and latest film, entitled Enough Said, sees single parent and masseuse Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) strike up a romance with Albert (the late great James Gandolfini, in his last leading role). Simultaneously, Eva is becoming fast friends with her latest massage client Marianne (Catherine Keener), who is soon revealed to be Albert’s ex-wife. Unable to turn a deaf ear to Marianne’s constant complaints about her ex-husband, Eva soon begins to doubt her own relationship with Albert.
Holofcener was in London to promote the film for the London Film Festival, and on behalf of HeyUGuys I got a chance to chat to her about working with Gandolfini, and how her relationship with long-time collaborator Catherine Keener has developed.
Nowadays, more and more film stars are heading to the small screen, such is the wealth of excellent material being made on television. For romantic comedy Enough Said however, it’s the reverse; written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, it brings together two TV icons in Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini (in his last leading role) to charming effect in a film that’s both sweet and bittersweet. It’s regrettable this is one of the last times we’ll see Gandolfini grace the silver screen, but it’s a fine note to go out on.
Read the rest of this review at Flicks and the City here. Enough Said was screened at the 2013 London Film Festival.