Director's Chair: Tamara Jenkins
We talk to the director of ''The Savages'' about what she's been doing since ''Slums of Beverly Hills'' and her new film
What have you been doing since 1998?
I got involved in projects that wasted my time. You meet with people, it sounds interesting, then it disappears. With The Savages, I was so fueled by disappointment, I was like a maniac. Nothing could stop me.
Why this topic?
My grandmother and father were in nursing homes with dementia, so I had a strong emotional connection to that aspect. And I was interested in writing about adult siblings.
You got Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman to play those siblings.
They’re so relaxed together, the acting’s almost invisible. I love how plain and raw it feels. People say, ”Did they improvise?” Not at all. It was very scripted. But I guess that’s a ompliment — they’re so well suited, their dialogue feels like their own language!