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7.1
/10
412 Ratings

Private Life

Directed by Tamara Jenkins
United States, 2018
Drama, Comedy

Synopsis

Richard and Rachel, a couple in the throes of infertility, try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the weird world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption.

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Private Life Directed by Tamara Jenkins

Awards & Festivals

Independent Spirit Awards

2019 | 4 nominations including: Best Supporting Female

Gotham Awards

2018 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress

Most directors have seemed to forget [Paul Giamatti] is capable of such sensitive, lived-in acting; here’s hoping he’ll find more collaborators, like Jenkins, who will encourage him to drop the hysterics in favor of this kind of emotional honesty.
January 19, 2019
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Jenkins doesn’t devote much time to the couple’s past, nor does she have to—the humiliations Richard and Rachel suffer at present speaks to their fall from social significance. Yet the knowledge of their fall informs Private Life, adding metaphorical heft to the primary narrative.
October 25, 2018
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Truer to life, where arguments don’t always land with a conclusive thud, Private Life masterfully seizes on the ebb and flow of decisions and disappointments, cresting in fantastic uncertainty. Jenkins excavates without puncture, but small cuts can cause the most acute pain.
October 23, 2018
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