The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee Review

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The wife of a much older man finds herself attracted to their neighbour's son, who is closer to her age.


Rebecca Miller’s third film after Personal Velocity and The Ballad Of Jack And Rose sees her fulfil her early promise, finally hitting her stride in her most mature, cohesive and satisfying work to date.

A luminous Robin Wright Penn plays Pippa, an ex-wild child with a much older husband (Alan Arkin, typically excellent), living in a sheltered accommodation community but increasingly drawn to her neighbour’s taciturn, 35 year-old son, played by a beguiling Keanu Reeves. Miller, who also scripted, takes a familiar premise but gives it life and originality, repeatedly thwarting expectations with quirky diversions and smart twists.

This is way more than it seems and manages to surprise and enchant throughout.