HUMAN NATURE
2001, Warner Bros., 96 min, USA, Dir: Michel Gondry

Michel Gondry made his feature debut with this subversive and satirical comedy from the pen of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (BEING JOHN MALKOVICH). Severe body-hair issues led Patricia Arquette into the wilderness, but desire led her back out - and into the arms of research psychologist Tim Robbins. Together they discover a young man (Rhys Ifans) who has been raised as an ape … and the line between man and beast only gets thinner from there.


THE SAVAGES
2007, 20th Century Fox, 113 min, USA, Dir: Tamara Jenkins

Wendy Savage (Laura Linney) is a struggling East Village playwright who is involved with a married man. Her brother, Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman), is a college professor in Buffalo who lives an isolated academic life and can’t commit to the Polish woman with whom he has been intimately involved for years. When a phone call informs them that their father, Lenny (Philip Bosco), has developed dementia and can no longer take care of himself, Wendy and Jon put their already arrested lives on hold to butt heads over all the decisions that must be made about how to care for their father during his final days.


HAPPINESS
1998, Strand Releasing, 134 min, USA, Dir: Todd Solondz

Happiness is in short supply in the Maplewood family: Oldest sister Trish (Cynthia Stevenson) learns she’s married to a pedophile (Dylan Baker), middle sister Helen (Lara Flynn Boyle) is fixated on an obscene phone caller (Philip Seymour Hoffman), and youngest sister Joy (Jane Adams) is alone. With Jon Lovitz, Louise Lasser and Ben Gazzara.


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