Private Life (2018 film)
|Directed by||Tamara Jenkins|
|Screenplay by||Tamara Jenkins|
|Edited by||Brian A. Kates|
Private Life is a 2018 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Tamara Jenkins. The film stars Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, Kayli Carter, Molly Shannon, John Carroll Lynch, Desmin Borges, and Denis O'Hare.
The film focuses on Richard and Rachel, a middle-aged married couple of writers, who are desperately trying to have a child by any means possible.
Richard (Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) are a childless middle-aged couple desperately trying to have a child. After multiple failed attempts at artificial insemination they attempt in vitro fertilisation where they learn that Richard has a blockage that is not letting him produce sperm forcing him to choose a quick surgery and go $10,000 dollars in debt to his brother Charlie and Charlie's wife Cynthia. At the same time they are also attempting to adopt a child after having previously being matched with a pregnant teenager from Little Rock who was looking to give up her child and then stopped contacting them.
After the IVF fails their doctor floats the idea of using a donor egg to inseminate Rachel which would raise their chances of success from 4 to 65 percent. Rachel is initially against the idea, but slowly begins to contemplate it with Richard's encouragement.
Cynthia's 25-year-old daughter, Sadie, meanwhile decides to leave her college writing program to finish in absentia and go live with Richard and Rachel, with whom she is already very close. Rachel, who struggled with the idea of an unknown egg donor, decides that she wants to ask Sadie for her eggs. To their surprise Sadie quickly agrees, both because she loves Richard and Rachel and because she thinks the egg donation will bring meaning to her life.
Sadie informs her mother she will be donating her egg during Thanksgiving, much to her mother's displeasure. Despite the fact that Richard and Rachel tell Cynthia they will not go through with the donation without her consent, they decide to go through with pre-screening.
Richard, Rachel and Sadie happily go through the egg donor treatments together, but Sadie is told at an appointment that she is not developing eggs quickly enough. Determined not to let Richard and Rachel down, she increases her drug dosage on her own. The egg retrieval is a success, but Sadie becomes ill. Richard and Rachel take her to the hospital, where they learn of the increased dosage. Sadie moves out of their apartment.
Richard and Rachel go through with the implantation but it is a failure. While Rachel is devastated, Richard admits to being relieved that they are finally done with trying as their marriage and intimacy have suffered.
Sometime later they drop Sadie off at the Yaddo colony, where she will take up a residency as a writer. She thanks Rachel for her help getting in and Rachel informs her she did nothing to aid her application and that Sadie did it all on her own.
Nine months later Richard and Rachel are celebrating Halloween when they receive a call from another woman looking at them as potential parents to adopt her child. They drive to an Applebee's where they wait to meet the woman.
- Kathryn Hahn as Rachel Biegler
- Paul Giamatti as Richard Grimes
- Kayli Carter as Sadie Barrett
- Molly Shannon as Cynthia Grimes
- Denis O'Hare as Dr. Dordick
- Emily Robinson as Charlotte Grimes
- John Carroll Lynch as Charlie Grimes
- Desmin Borges as Sam
- Francesca Root-Dodson as Fiona
On January 4, 2017, it was reported that Kathryn Hahn would star in the Netflix film Private Life, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins. On January 31, 2017, Paul Giamatti joined the cast. On March 16, 2017, it was reported that Molly Shannon, Emily Robinson, John Carroll Lynch, Kayli Carter, and Francesca Root-Dodson would also be part of the cast. As of March 17, 2017, the film had begun shooting in White Plains, New York. Denis O'Hare and Desmin Borges subsequently joined the cast.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2018. It also screened at the New York Film Festival on October 1, 2018. It was released on October 5, 2018.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 94% based on 79 reviews, and an average rating of 7.7/10 with the critical consensus "Private Life uses one couple's bumpy journey to take an affecting look at an easily identifiable - and too rarely dramatized - rite of adult passage." On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 83 out of 100, based on 32 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
|Award||Date of ceremony||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result||Ref(s)|
|Gotham Awards||November 26, 2018||Best Actress||Kathryn Hahn||Nominated|||
|Best Screenplay||Tamara Jenkins||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||February 17, 2019||Best Independent Film||Nominated|||
|Independent Spirit Awards||February 23, 2019||Best Director||Tamara Jenkins||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Female||Kayli Carter||Nominated|
|South African Film Online Critics Circle||December 17, 2018||Best Supporting Actress||Kayli Carter||Won|||
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