Georges and Anne are an octogenarian couple. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives in Britain with her family. One day, Anne has a stroke, and the couple's bond of love is severely tested.
It's nice to see Todd Solondz working again, even if his films never play anywhere. Jordan Gebler stars as a chubby man in his 30s living with his parents (Mia Farrow and Christopher Walken) and working for his father. His life is going nowhere, and he's taking out his existential frustrations on everyone around him. He has one small hope in a new acquaintance he's made, an enormously depressed girl he meets at a wedding (Selma Blair, reprising her character from Solondz Storytelling - maybe). The two don't hit it off right away, but, thankfully for him, she soon gives up on all of her aspirations and agrees to his ill-advised marriage proposal. This is perhaps a tad less funny than Solondz's best films and even more depressing. Bartha is so obnoxious I could imagine many viewers tuning out immediately, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't see myself in that character. Most of us have these tendencies, or at least know someone who does. As the film progresses, it often enters the realm of fantasy or imagination without warning, often from the perspective of a character whom we might not imagine at first. It's an interesting film that I didn't flat-out love, but it's one I would like to see again in the future, for sure. Performances all around are very good. It's nice to see Farrow - can't remember the last time. Donna Murphy and Aasif Mandvi also have choice roles.
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