Private Life

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Synopsis

A couple coping with infertility struggles to keep their marriage afloat as they navigate the world of assisted reproduction and adoption.

Cast

  • Kathryn Hahn
  • Paul Giamatti
  • Gabrielle Reid
  • Amy Russ
  • Caroline Martin
  • Nick Sullivan
  • Hettienne Park
  • Denis O'Hare
  • Molly Shannon
  • John Carroll Lynch

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • When reviewing a website of potential egg donors, one of the first candidates is listed as being from Park City UT. Private Life was released at the Sundance Film Festival, which is in Park City.
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Quotes

    • [first lines]
    • Rachel Biegler: Remember what Marty said?
    • Richard Grimes: Ugh.
    • Rachel Biegler: "Having a baby is an immoral act."
    • Richard Grimes: Marty's an idiot.
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Metacritic

80
Oct 4, 2018

As both writer and director, Jenkins pushes us to rise above judgment by steadfastly refusing to indulge in it herself. Deep empathy suffuses the screen, enveloping every one of the characters.

Metacritic review by Elizabeth Weitzman
Elizabeth Weitzman
TheWrap
70
Oct 2, 2018

Private Life is certainly very good at shivving its characters at close range and gutting these dyspeptic, privileged white people when they deserve it. Save for Sadie’s charmed fate, I can’t fault Private Life for nailing what it sets out to accomplish. But its cultural narrowness, however well-expounded, also left me wondering about the trials and tribulations of all the other couples in that waiting room long after we’d seen the last of them.

Metacritic review by Inkoo Kang
Inkoo Kang
Slate
70

Looked at independently, so many scenes contain something raw or truthful that one understands Jenkins' reluctance to trim.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter