P.O. Box 374 dia Groton, MA 01450 dia 978-448-0178

September 27 Screening

What: The Savages
When: Saturday September 27, 6:30 pm
Rating: R (some sexuality and language)
Where: Lawrence Academy

Conant Gallery and Richardson-Mees Performing Arts Center
Lowell Road, Groton, Massachusetts 01450

Parking: Please see this map.

Cost: Admission is free for members. Non-members can purchase a one-day membership at the door for $15 per person, which includes admission to the receptions, screening, and speaker presentation (if any). For details please see our membership page.


The Savages tells a tough story with humor and keen observation. As the Philadelphia Inquirer’s critic put it, “Its astringent humor is not funny ha-ha, it’s funny-ouch.” Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney play brother and sister approaching middle age, and separately living their East Coast lives in a “self-absorbed wallow” (according to the Boston Globe’s Ty Burr). They get word that their father, who raised them abominably, is showing signs of dementia in Arizona.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post:

“The Savages tiptoes along a particularly fraught emotional tightrope, balancing observant humor and deep sadness with uncommon grace.”

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle:

“[Writer/director] Tamara Jenkins has made a movie about something that lots of people are going through but nobody wants to deal with, not even in life, much less in entertainment. And she’s done it fearlessly, with the right mix of humor and horror.”

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:

“Both Linney and Hoffman are so specific in creating these characters that we see them as people, not elements in a plot.”

You can watch a trailer here or get more information on the film at the Internet Movie Database or Rotten Tomatoes.