Body Matters
Lovely and Amazing
Review by Ross Anthony

Great direction, great dialogue, lovely acting; however, the whole doesnít add up to something amazing. Itís a film that has a lovely feel, interactions that are real and unafraid to get into the difficult insecurities life thrusts upon many of us. In particular, the individualís preoccupation with personal appearance from hair to body fat. In fact, the filmís most beautiful, and decidedly signature, moment sets standing a naked woman practically begging her lover to specifically rate each part of her body -- the good and the bad. On the surface, stated as so, you might think this would be the most awkward, most tension ridden scene in the film. Surprisingly and refreshingly so, the opposite is true. This moment plays with grace and sweetness. It is the amazing.

I enjoyed watching each scene; unfortunately, the parts just donít conspire to create a more powerful whole. The climax, if present at all, doesnít give the kind of emotional swell the audience deserves, nor does the film emit a dynamic emotional arc. Further, though some loose ends are expected, too many are left dangling, especially in an environment lacking a satisfactory climax. That said, my girlfriend appreciated the film more than I. As is, Iím grading it a B.

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  • Lovely and Amazing. Copyright © 2007.
  • Starring Catherine Keener, Brenda Blethyn, Emily Mortimer, Raven Goodwin, Aunjanue Ellis, Clark Gregg, Jake Gyllenhaal.
  • Directed by Nicole Holofcener.
  • Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener.
  • Produced by Anthony Bregman, Ted Hope, Eric d'Arbeloffott.

Grade..........................B (2/4)


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