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Private Life (2018)


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The new film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills), PRIVATE LIFE is the bracingly funny and moving story of Richard (Academy Award-nominee Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), a couple in the throes of infertility who try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the insular world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. After the emotional and economic upheaval of in vitro fertilization, they're at the end of their middle-aged rope, but when Sadie (breakout newcomer Kayli Carter), a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, things begin to look up.


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Private Life miraculously gifts the viewer an empathetic lens to a painful battle, usually whispered, rarely openly discussed.

June 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Jenkins' writing underlines the fundamental instability at the heart of all our lives, while proposing that most universal of remedies: empathy, love.

January 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Plainly, painfully personal.

January 20, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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This is a story you'll want to watch to its exquisitely compassionate ending: a wordless final-credits aria that, as with Michael Clayton and Call Me by Your Name, speaks volumes about the nature of minute-to-minute emotional survival.

January 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The geometry of this strange triangle is always in flux, but it's always raw and engaging to watch the Grimes weigh the life they want to create against the ones they're in the process of living.

January 19, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

There are elements on the fringe of Private Life (a few supporting performances, the 127-minute length, a couple of sitcomish turns), that keep it from connecting as much I wanted, but the work by Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn always holds it together.

January 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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