The performances in Private Life simmer, crackle and get right under your skin. We have seen the leading actors Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn strut their nuance, humor, and down-right urban upscale Upper West Side neurotic selves in many other films. But in this one, through the brilliant writing and direction of Tamara Jenkins, we see them dig deeper and bring us into their lives. We squirm in our seats, and identify with what they are going through in trying to have a family when the biology is just not cooperating.

We are riveted with the fresh face of uncertainty in Kayli Carter. Though they all are privileged characters with money, education, and material success, we can sympathize with them, because each character is grounded, funny and flawed. Typically, details allow a film to find its footing, but in this case, the traps of falling into cliché are avoided. The actors’ abilities to play these characters with precise details allows us to see beneath the surface of their comedic faces. It is clear from the brilliant anti-hero, Paul Giamatti, to the “nobody’s side kick” Kathryn Hahn, to the prickly on point Molly Shannon, to everyman John Carrol Lynch, and to the fresh discovery of young newcomer Kayli Carter, that this film is an ensemble of richness daftly written and directed by Tamara Jenkins. The success of Private Life is all in the details.

The film is nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards. Tamara Jenkins is nominated for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Kayli Carter is nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti are also no strangers to the spotlight and outstanding recognition for their leading roles.

For Your Consideration.

Private Life

Kathryn Hahn & Paul Giamatti in Private Life