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Living Out Loud

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1998
  • Richard LaGravenese
  • 95 mins
  • 15

Summary

Judith Nelson quit her medical studies to marry. Years later, her husband, a physician, divorces her to be with another doctor. Deeply frustrated, she now lives alone in her luxury apartment in New York, looking for a new meaning for her life. Pat Francato, the janitor and lift-boy, has a troubled life himself: Gambling debts and the tragic death of his daughter took away all his spirit. One day, he and Judith meet in the right mood and a fragile friendship starts to grow. They can help each other to get on their feet again. But one false move could destroy everything they built so carefully.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Screenwriter Richard LaGravenese's directorial debut is a bittersweet comedy loosely based on two Anton Chekhov stories. Holly Hunter (The Piano) is terrific as the chic Manhattan 40-something trying to make it on her own after her husband of 15 years leaves her. Ensconced in her deluxe high-rise apartment, she passes the time of day with lift operator Danny DeVito and has imaginary conversations with singer Queen Latifah at a jazz bar. An interesting look at 1990s' relationships and one woman's journey in particular, the film unfortunately loses its power towards the end in favour of a Hollywood-style finale, with all loose ends neatly tied up.

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Credits

Cast

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JudithHolly Hunter
PatDanny DeVito
Liz BaileyQueen Latifah
Bob NelsonMartin Donovan (2)
PhillyRichard Schiff
The KisserElias Koteas
MarySuzanne Shepherd
DonnaMariangela Pino

Crew

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DirectorRichard LaGravenese

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment Film Dists Ltd
Released on
1999-01-22
Languages
English
Guidance
Contains swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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