Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

DVD: Please Give (15)

"We buy from the children of dead people." Shrewd Manhattan couple Kate and Alex (Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt) run a lucrative vintage furniture store where the stock is acquired from the recently deceased.

Their next "target" is the spiteful, blunt ("You gained weight") 90-year-old Andra who lives next door. They've bought her flat but – "charitably" – allow her to live there rent-free until she drops dead. This puts the covetous duo into contact/ conflict with Andra's granddaughters – timid Rebecca (Rebecca Hall) and "cold" Mary (Amanda Peet). Nicole Holofcener's garrulous drama benefits from strong turns from Hall and Keener, but lacks satisfactory tension or bite.



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You will have to defer to others, which makes you anxious. There's never any problem when you're in control. You know how to act quickly and decisively. When others are at the helm, progress grinds to a halt. People deliberate endlessly over simple matters. Instead of putting pressure on the person in charge, make a strategic retreat. If you act like you don't care about the outcome of a situation, they won't be paralysed with uncertainty. You have a tendency to make people nervous.More