Sunday, June 5, 2011

Please Give (2010): review: 5.5/10

A New York couple run a shop where they sell Scandinavian style furniture often bought cheaply in house clearance sales. They have a pimply charmless daughter; an elderly, cantakarous grandmother lives in an apartment opposite whom is occasionally visited by her grand-daughters.

The porcine husband, who is selfish and has an affair is contrasted with the wife who feels the need to give and do things for others; it also contrasts the two sisters, one who is a goody two shoes, the other who is rather harsh and unkind.

But it is hard to care: there seems so much hand wringing about the film, which lacks the least spark delight or spontanaity and, as a result, is rather boring despite reasonable performances all round.

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