Along with steady TV work through the years, Nicole Holofcener has managed to direct four feature films, and for each one she’s made the very wise decision to make Catherine Keener the star.
Their latest collaboration, Please Give stars Keener and Oliver Platt as a New York couple who specialize in vintage furniture. They would love to expand their apartment into the unit they own next door, but its elderly tenant Andra (Ann Morgan Guilbert), inconveniently enough, has not yet died so they can move in. What develops from there, as you’ll see in the trailer and the four clips, is a family comedy/drama that centers on the three of them and the old lady’s two daughters, played by the always welcome Rebecca Hall and Amanda Peet.
Not to raise expectations too high, but from what I’ve seen of this so far, it looks like the kind of NYC movie that Woody Allen used to make before he became a globe trotter. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
Please Give opens April 30 in New York and Los Angeles.
Here’s the synopsis from Apple. You can also see the trailer in HD there.
Kate (Catherine Keener) has a lot on her mind. There’s the ethics problem of buying furniture on the cheap at estate sales and marking it up at her trendy Manhattan store (and how much markup can she get away with?). There’s the materialism problem of not wanting her teenage daughter (Sarah Steele) to want the expensive things that Kate wants. There’s the marriage problem of sharing a partnership in parenting, business, and life with her husband Alex (Oliver Platt) but sensing doubt nibbling at the foundations. And there’s Kate’s free-floating 21st century malaise-the problem of how to live well and be a good person when poverty, homelessness, and sadness are always right outside the door. Plus, there’s the neighbors: cranky, elderly Andra (Ann Guilbert) and the two granddaughters who look after her (Rebecca Hall and Amanda Peet). As Kate, Alex, and Abby interact with the people next door, with each other, and with their New York surroundings, a complex mix of animosity, friendship, deception, guilt, and love plays out with both sharp humor and pathos. PLEASE GIVE is writer/director Nicole Holofcener’s perceptive-and devastatingly funny-take on modern life’s contradictions, good intentions and shaky moral bearings.
Here are the 4 clips