NPR logo

Tamara Jenkins, Laughing with 'The Savages'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/16654231/16654225" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Tamara Jenkins, Laughing with 'The Savages'

Interviews

Tamara Jenkins, Laughing with 'The Savages'

Tamara Jenkins, Laughing with 'The Savages'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/16654231/16654225" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

As with her first film, Tamara Jenkins' latest draws on elements of her own experience. Mark Mainz/Getty Images for AFI hide caption

toggle caption
Mark Mainz/Getty Images for AFI

In Tamara Jenkins' new film The Savages, two 40-something siblings have to put their lives on hold while they learn how to deal with their elderly father, who's slipping slowly into dementia.

The film — it's a comedy — stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney, plus Broadway veteran Philip Bosco as their ailling dad. (Watch a clip.)

Jenkins' previous film work includes The Slums of Beverly Hills.