Posted by: greercn | December 18, 2015

Grandma

Lily Tomlin brings tons of energy, comedy and drama to this unusual and very enjoyable film.

It’s rare to see so many strong female characters in one story. Paul Weitz has written and directed a real treat with all 79 minutes packing a big emotional wallop.

In the first scene, we meet Elle Reid (Tomlin) who is splitting up with Olivia. Olivia is played by the glorious Judy Greer who finally gets a role that matches her amazing acting talent.

Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Laverne Cox and Sam Elliott all have wonderful moments with the very young Garner proving how very good she is in exalted company.

Tomlin holds everyone together and the story of her relationships unfolds in a delicate, moving and very funny movie.

It’s unashamedly loving and tackles the tricky issue of abortion in a distinctive and emotional manner. The lesbian love relationships are just beautifully done. There isn’t any sex, apart from a few kisses. Hardly anything I’ve seen this year has the warmth this shows to all the characters.

I saw it at the Stratford East Picturehouse and I urge everyone to seek it out and see it.

Few films tackle age and youth in such an innovative way. Tomlin should win an Oscar. She is just extraordinary, believable and her performance here may leave you wiping a tear or two away.

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