On paper, “The Humbling” has a lot going for it. The film is based on the book by acclaimed author Philip Roth, is led by acting legend Al Pacino and rising star Greta Gerwig, and promises a provocative, sexually charged drama. But the question is whether or not director Barry Levinson will be able to pull it off, and the first clip is here to see if he’s got the chops to deliver.
The premise of the movie is certainly eyebrow raising, centering on the relationship that brews between an older, suicidal actor and a young woman. But as we see in this clip, things are even more complicated. Seated around a table, the woman talks to her former lover—who was also a woman, before a sex change operation. Again, it’s button pushing stuff and we’ll be eager to see how it all turns out.
No distribution yet, but the film premieres at the Venice Film Festival. Watch below.