Nice to see some more opinions on Natalie’s writing and directing debut. A couple days ago we had one positive and one negative review from its screening at the short film festival in Toronto. Today we have 3 more.
Toronto Screen Shorts was quite enthusiastic:
I thought Bacall brought a real sense of gravitas to the proceedings, even as her character rather shallowly pursues Gazzara for his money. Thirlby was also strong as a serious young woman looking for some answers. Portman was wise to keep the story small and tightly-focussed, and her direction is anything but showy. Sufjan Stevens’ piano score added another layer of class. (8/10)
Movie Moxie was a bit mixed:
Exploring the faces we hide behind and from, tempered by nostalgia and loss we find ourselves riding alongside a third wheel in a day between grandmother and granddaughter. I enjoyed the blending and awareness the two had of each others lifestyles and habits, however the repeated attempts and deflection from a real connection kept the tone unfulfilled.
While Exclaim was very impressed:
Faring better is Natalie Portman’s exploration of aging, “Eve,” where Lauren Bacall invites her granddaughter (Olivia Thirlby) out on her date with a new suitor (Ben Gazzara). While far from genius, Portman smartly relies on her actors to tell the story, keeping the direction professional and surprisingly mature. This one is actually a treat to watch.