Nicole Holofcener’s romantic comedy drama is funny, poignant and entertaining. Enough Said is a brilliant movie.
Divorced masseuse Eva worries about her daughter impending departure for college. At a party, Eva meets Albert, a man in the same position as her. As their romance blossoms, Eva finds herself being influenced by the words of a particular client…
The story of Enough Said is straightforward enough. It is how the characters are built and how the narrative is crafted which makes Holofcener’s film so great.
The narrative unfolds at a good pace. It never drags, or feels rushed. The story is crafted so that the relationships develop in a natural manner, and feel more authentic as a result.
Both the two protagonists and the supporting characters are rendered three dimensional thanks to solid writing in Enough Said. The script is on point; the film offers frequent laughs. Nonetheless, the tone can easily shift into drama. The film features some poignant scenes which may cause a few tears.
The themes that Holofcener’s film engages in work in a universal fashion. Viewers do not need to identify with the exact situation that Enough Said presents in order to empathise with the characters. Although the main focus is on the relationship between Eva and Albert, the relationship between Eva and her daughter, and indeed her daughter’s friend, is given as much care and attention.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is absolutely fantastic as Eva. She excels at humour, but is just as convincing in the more emotional scenes. Her expressions give the character a sense of quirkiness. The late James Gandolfini is well cast as Albert, while Toni Collette provides good support as Sarah.
Enough Said is one of the better romance films of recent years. A satisfying watch.
Enough Said is being screened at the BFI London Film Festival, and is on general release from 18th October 2013.