ENOUGH SAID (12A, 93 mins) Comedy/Romance/Drama. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Tavi Gevinson, Phillip Brock, Tracey Fairaway, Eve Hewson. Director: Nicole Holofcener.Released: October 18 (UK & Ireland)
The sudden death of actor James Gandolfini in June, three days before he was due to be honoured at an Italian film festival, adds poignancy to Nicole Holofcener’s wonderful romantic comedy.
Gandolfini was a formidable talent, winning three Emmy awards and two Golden Globes for his signature role as a conflicted mobster in The Sopranos. He might well be feted, posthumously, for his disarming portrayal of a divorced man on the hunt for second-chance love in Enough Said. Wearing his heart on his character’s sleeve in every frame, Gandolfini leaves us in a swoon when he sweetly confesses to his new girlfriend (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), “I kind of adore you already.” Their molten onscreen chemistry induces a giddy smile. Every time they snatch covert glances, when they think the other person isn’t looking, we see a twinkle of joy in their eyes.
Galvanised by the winning rapport of Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus, Enough Said is a valentine to the transformative power of love and to the film’s leading man. “For Jim” reads a simple dedication during the end credits.
Holofcener’s dialogue trips off the tongue, peppered with some great one-liners, and we get a lump in our throats when Albert invariably discovers Eva’s deception and laments, “I know it sounds corny but you broke my heart and I’m too old for that nonsense”. RATING: 7.5/10