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With 'Private Life,' Tamara Jenkins takes on marriage, female biology and movie manspreading

With 'Private Life,' Tamara Jenkins takes on marriage, female biology and movie manspreading

If getting a film every ten years or so from writer-director Tamara Jenkins means something like “Private Life,” it’s worth the wait.

Her latest movie premiered opening night of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and is a deeply felt look at the messy realities of marriage and the difficulties of infertility. Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti star as a couple coming to terms with what they really want from themselves, each other and their life together.

The film feels like a series of secret conversations — the moments one has in private with a partner that the rest of the world never sees.

“That was so important to me,” Jenkins said in an interview ahead of the festival on...

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