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Di­rec­tor: Matthew Sav­ille Star­ring: An­thony LaPaglia, Ju­lia Blake, John Clarke, Jus­tine Clarke Ver­dict: Feel­ings a last bid for a man of auc­tion

A QUIET, ten­der-hearted and gen­tly ec­cen­tric af­fair takes its own sweet time find­ing a way into your good graces. How­ever, once there, it won’t be budged.

It all comes down to your per­sonal take on Frank (An­thony LaPaglia), an ornery, yet sen­si­tive chap who re­ally shouldn’t be work­ing in real es­tate.

Af­ter a re­cent di­vorce and his mother’s death, feel­ing so much truth with no one to say it to is driv­ing Frank to frus­tra­tion. Just in a nick of time, an el­derly woman named Sarah (Ju­lia Blake) ap­pears, ready to lis­ten, and care­ful not to judge.

A mag­nif­i­cent, ef­fort­lessly grace­ful per­for­mance from Blake snaps the film and its lead­ing man into proper fo­cus just when both seem primed to drift off on a foggy-minded flight of fancy. Plenty of well-earned emo­tional points are racked up by film’s end, along with some sin­cerely un­forced laughs. A brave change of style for one of this coun­try’s best film­mak­ers, writer-di­rec­tor Matt Sav­ille (Noise, Felony). Co-stars John Clarke.

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