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April 23, 2010

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

A quiet movie spanning decades, during which an awful lot happens.

Robin Wright Penn is sterling, and the rest of the star-studded cast — Monica Bellucci, Maria Bello, Alan Arkin, Blake Lively, Keanu Reaves, Julianne Moore, Shirley Knight and Winona Ryder — not just walking through cameos but really putting themselves into their parts, make Rebecca Miller's film supremely enjoyable.

Miller wrote and directed the movie, adapting it from her 2008 novel.

In real life she's Arthur Miller's daughter, married to Daniel Day-Lewis, both of which may account for how she was able to assemble a cast like this for what is admittedly more an ensemble piece than the typical big-budget Hollywood extravaganza.

I never even glanced at the the clock once during my DVD experience, so absorbing was the film.

Highly recommended.

Of note is that I've never seen "Gossip Girl" and had only heard of Blake Lively courtesy of People magazine and its ilk before seeing her in this movie, in which she plays the younger version of Penn's mature Pippa Lee.

Qweare

A revelation.

Lively is great.

April 23, 2010 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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