Director: Nicole Holofcener
Starring: James Gandolfini , Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, Tracey Fairaway, Eve Hewson, Tavi Gevinson, Toni Collette
A charming, big-hearted movie featuring divorced, Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is a masseuse with an array of narcissistic and self-absorbed clients and coping with the prospect of living alone again when her teenage daughter Ellen (Tracey Fairaway) leaves for college. She bumps into mild mannered schlub, Albert (James Gandolfini) at a party and they seem to share much in common. They start a relationship but unbeknown to both Eva befriends a client who happens to be Albert’s ex-wife the haughty Marianne (Catherine Keener). As the relationships blossom, Eva innocently at first absorbs Marianne’s bile for her ex and once she makes the connection between the two finds herself doubting her own relationship to humorous effect. Toni Collette plays Sarah, Eva's therapist friend who spends her life rearranging her furniture and whose marriage seems to be destined for the same fate as that of the other two women. Smart, sensitive writing with wonderfully pitched characterizations and terrific performances from Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini. Highly recommended.