There are two very good reasons to watch this film.
1. Its James Gandolfini's last film.
2. Its written and directed by the awesome Nicole Holofcener.
Granted Holofcener is the queen of chick flicks. One of her earliest films I remember of hers is Walking And Talking which starred Catherine Keener who also stars in this film too, but not as the main character.
This time around we have quirky Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Eva the self-employed masseuse who is at a cross-roads in her life. She's devoted a lot of her self to a daughter who is going off to college. Although, she feels they are never quite as close as she wants them to be.
Perhaps she over thinks her friendships, her once upon a time marriage. She hasn't exactly embraced the single life and she goes on, day in and day out, listening to people's problems as she works. Feeling that perhaps no one takes her quite serious enough.
And then she meets two interesting people at a party. One is a poet, Catherine Keener and the other is her ex-husband Albert (James Gandolfini).
Eva, of course, has to hear about all the bad things Albert ever did from Keener's Marianne. But she's met this wonderful and interesting man that she thinks she could have a relationship with..and its a good start of something.
Oh, it is an odd triangle. A Relationship verses a Friendship. Can Eva even take sides? Should she have too? Honestly, its a modern tale that I think many can relate, too. And Holofcener always does what she does best with interesting dialogue and even more interesting characters.
Its one of my favorite films this past year. It truly made me smile.
STORYLINE: A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne (Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's ex.