When divorcee, Eva attends a party with two married friends she’s slightly disappointed that she doesn’t find anyone attractive, not that she’s actively looking. But she does meet fellow divorcees, Marianne, who—rather than simply accepting her business card to be polite—actually hires her as a masseuse and Albert—with whom she shares some laughs—who ends up asking her out on a date. Though Albert isn’t conventionally handsome, he’s sweet and unpretentious. When Eva suddenly realizes she’s been comparing ex-husbands with her new client/ friend, who used to be married to her new boyfriend, she decides to milk the relationship for all it’s worth.
“She’s like a human Trip Advisor.”
“Albert is not a hotel.”
“Yeah, but if you could avoid staying in a bad one, wouldn’t you?”
This modern romance works because writer/ director, Nicole Holofcener captures the relatable companionship of middle-aged relationships. The audience can laugh with rather than at them; the awkward ramifications are expectedly cringe-worthy but the dialogue is so realistic there’s amusement amid the mess. Such levity keeps the subject matter light.