HOPE SPRINGS. Starring Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones and Steve Carell. Directed by David Frankel. 100 mins. Rated M (Sexual references and mature themes).
Talent, age, experience. All very impressively present in this light and serious comedy about marriage and marriage counselling.
Both Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, in their 60s, are so at home in front of the camera that their performances seem effortless – but, it is obvious that they have given a great deal of thought to each scene, even to body language with small details.
Hope springs eternal, of course. The title refers to Great Hope Springs, a small town in Maine.
The film is strongly in favour of love, of fidelity, of marriage commitment, of not opting out of getting help but actively seeking it. Just as Kay tried to persuade Arthur to go to couple counselling, many women may well be insisting that their husbands come with them to see Hope Springs.
– Fr Peter Malone MSC is an associate of the Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting.
Hope Springs (Australian Catholic Office for Film & Broadcasting)