Enough Said – 2013
Writer and Director Nicole Holofcener
Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone
James Gandolfini had the rare gift of expression through silence. Or quiet at least. His voice large as it felt, was low enough that it drew you in, and before you knew it, you were hooked by his wizened smile. His performance is the one thing that brings Enough Said out of the frenetic pace of the socialite fringe of the Pacific Palisades, a suburb of Los Angeles. That pace is set by Louis-Dreyfus, in a typically wonderful portrayal of a masseuse who finds Gandolfini at the time when they both could use someone to move into the void being left by their children getting ready to move out of the nest.
As Eva and Will move easily through their awkward beginnings. One sees that Eva is completely at ease with the lumps and bumps they both have. Their previous relationships are like war wounds. They are scarred, but smarter, and now each gets to benefit from the experience. These discussions have a resonance that touches Eva in an unusual way, though. She finds that her new boyfriend has a little too much in common with one of her new friends.
This plot alone would not be enough to sustain interest in a story. The talents involved with the leads as well as the supporting cast of Keener, Collette and Falcone allow the story to breathe, to the point where it feels a little like it’s part of the world of Larry David. Even this would not be enough to make a movie memorable. Which is where the extraordinary sensitivity of Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus. That is where things become remarkable.
As a romance, this is leagues above anything one would expect to see in wide release. It’s wonderful to see two grown adults working past themselves and looking toward the future, whatever’s left of it. Hope mixed with reality in the most beautiful, awkward and funny way. This is a film all adults should see.
(****1/2 out of *****)