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Stars: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Michaela Watkins

Director: Nicole Holofcener

The difficulties of middle-age dating and the relationships that follow: rubbish title, decent film. Eva (Louis-Dreyfuss) is a divorced masseuse with a teenage daughter about to go to college. At a party, she meets Albert (Gandolfini, in his last role).

Though neither is exactly an oil painting - the too-seldom-seen Louis-Dreyfuss could be a more attractive relative of the wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz and Gandolfini is, well, Gandolfini - there's a definitive mutual attraction, and before long they're an item, she enjoying his affectionate mickey-taking. When she tells him she knits, he tells her 'I do weaving in the garage.' 'Really?' she says. 'No,' he replies.

At the same party, Eva meets the formidable Marian (Keener), a poet, and becomes her masseuse and friend, Keener regaling her with horror stories about her-husband.

With both friendships in full swing, Eva is horrified to discover that Albert is the ex-husband Marian's raving on about.

Full of awkward moments and easy humour, the film's slow at times, but perceptive about how careful we have to be about other people's feelings. Gandolfini's gentle-bear performance is far from his Sopranos image and maybe one of the best things he's done.

David Quinlan

USA 2013. UK Distributor: 20th Century Fox (Fox Searchlight). Colour by FotoKem/Print by deluxe.
93 minutes. Not widescreen. UK certificate: 12A.

Guidance ratings (out of 3): Sex/nudity 1, Violence/Horror 0, Drugs 0, Swearing 0.

Review date: 17 Oct 2013