Not your usual sad sack sundance drama because obviously Seymour Hoffman was not your usual sad sack. The film starts quite unremarkably, but it just grows and sets it characters loose in interesting and believable ways, miraculously without annoying the shit out of me. The cast fucking sell it good.
From GLAUDINI's great play that he acted on stage, HOFFMANN made his first, last & desperate film. At 42, ageless, defeated, exhausted, on drugs day & night. 3 years later he dies of an OD. Great music GRIZZLY BEAR == Après l'avoir jouée sur scène, HOFFMANN fait de la pièce de GLAUDINI un film désespéré. A 42 ans, sans âge, au bout du rouleau, il se filme se droguant matin & soir. 3 ans après il meurt d'une OD.
I only watched this film after Hoffman's death (as a completist), but his directorial debut is defiantly dull to the point of being almost comatose but also a mildly endearing and predictably quirky actorly indie of sad sack losers finding love. What is most surprising is not how good Hoffman is in his role but how generous he was to spread the warmth. It's a true ensemble piece and the others are as great as he is.
Has the mediocrity that one finds in daily life, the frustration in attaining and maintaining relationships, the dreary disappointment in plans going to shit. Too bad it was his only film as director, I think Philip had potential. :(