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IndieWire and FilmStruck’s ‘Movies That Inspire Me’: Nicole Holofcener Explains How ‘High Hopes’ Earns Its Title

The director of "Enough Said" talks about how watching director Mike Leigh cut through pretense encouraged her to do the same.

You know the adage “Good artists borrow, great artists steal?” So does Nicole Holofcener, who is unafraid to detail the extensive influence of Mike Leigh’s films on her own work.

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We chatted with Holofcener about Leigh’s 1988 “High Hopes,” a social comedy of clashing cultures, generations, and belief systems. It’s a grounded, honest portrait of day-to-day existence that Holofcener’s channelled in films like “Walking and Talking” to her most recent feature “Enough Said.”

(“High Hopes” is just one of a half-dozen Mike Leigh titles available on FilmStruck, including “Naked” and “Happy-Go-Lucky.”)

This conversation is part of our “Movies That Inspire Me” series, which features talks with Sundance Film Festival directors about their favorite FilmStruck titles from the Turner Classic Movies and Criterion Collection, will continue regularly throughout the month of December here on IndieWire.

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