With a Sundance premiere already under its (metaphorical, cinematic) belt and a NYFF debut to come, Tamara Jenkins’ “Private Life” is winging its way to what will hopefully end up being a fruitful fall season. Fittingly, it’s autumn that is brought to tender life in the film’s first poster, which lightly dramatizes the film in just one sheet, thanks to the talents of “Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth” cartoonist Chris Ware.
Featuring Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti as a couple struggling to conceive, Jenkins based the film loosely on her own experience, and the result is a disarming and tender exploration of a fraught story. As David Ehrlich wrote in his review from Sundance, the film is “a hilarious, profanely bougie, and crushingly honest story about a desperate couple trying something — anything — to have a baby before it’s too late, Tamara Jenkins’ first film since ‘The Savages’ has been gestating for nine years, and it’s more than worth the wait.”
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“As an unabashed and longtime admirer of Tamara Jenkins’ films, I was thrilled to once again have the chance to flagrantly associate myself with her emotional, complex, and deeply humane storytelling,” Ware told IndieWire. “My only aim with this poster was to make an image she’d not only somehow be happy with but would of course also hopefully capture some shred of the tone and integrity of the film itself (which I believe is by far her finest yet.) Hoping that my graphic novelist training had allowed me to draw Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn in a manner more suited to their particular empathetic talents.”
Sounds like he hit the mark, as Jenkins explained to IndieWire, “The first time I laid eyes on a Chris Ware comic, I was struck by the exquisite melancholic beauty and humor of it. I get lost inside his cartoons both visually and narratively. I want to climb inside the worlds he creates. I can’t believe what a gift it is to have the movie interpreted and reflected back at me by one of my favorite artists. It makes me feel like the luckiest person around.”
Check out IndieWire’s exclusive “Private Life” poster below (you can click on it to make it bigger). The film will premiere on Netflix and open in select cities on October 5.