Posted at 5:17 PM on April 13, 2006
by Euan Kerr
Nicole Holofcener is a kick.
The writer and director of "Friends with Money"brims with energy and likes to laugh a lot.
She says she was initially intimidated when through a series of connections, and good luck she ended up with a powerhouse line-up for the film.
On the female side there's Jennifer Anniston, Frances McDormand, Catherine Keener and Joan Cusack.
On the male there is, amongst others Jason Isaacs, and the marvelous Simon McBurney who steals the show whenever he is on screen.
Yet when she actually got on the set she says she had so much fun she felt guilty.
Everyone got into their characters, even Frances McDormand whose character expresses her own neuroses by refusing to wash her hair. (She's a fashion designer married to man (McBurney) who makes exotic shampoos.)
Holofcener says she wanted to make the movie because she became increasingly aware of how friends were more willing to talk about sex than their money. The film looks at the stresses that success for at least some of a group of four female friends has on their relationships.
It's a great topic for the writer and director of "Lovely and Amazing."
That movie was also a bittersweet comedy looking at the issues swirling around female body image.
That's why it was a little strange when I asked to take her picture for the website. We snapped a couple of shots and she asked to see them. It's a tiny image on the back of my camera, but she immediately said I couldn't use them. I'm showing a belly!. I have to suck it in!" she said. I must have looked a little puzzled, because she said. "I'm from LA!"
And then we took a couple more shots, which met with her approval. And then another two with her escort for the day, both sticking their stomachs and cheeks out as far as they could.