The Savages

three stars out of five A superbly acted drama of the domestic, that tackles an area rarely even acknowledged in Hollywood – ageing. The uncomfortable and mundane realities about dealing with an ageing parent, guilt, duty and relationships (including sibling rivalry) are all examined without sentimentality or cuteness, but with believable characterisation thanks to the strong cast.

It’s not a light film – literally (the colour palette is mainly cool, muted and interiors often dark) or metaphorically, although there are a few moments of black humour.

If you’ve seen the trailer, don’t be misled – the film is every bit as serious as its subject matter suggests. For me, it was a film to admire and appreciate rather than to love, but I felt glad to have seen it.

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