Unveiling the Hidden Gem: A Spotlight on Netflix's Private Life

News - 16 November 2023
Netflix has recently unveiled a plethora of its own film productions, and one of the standout drama films available for streaming is Private Life. In this series, we aim to shine a spotlight on the hidden gems within Netflix's extensive library, as there are more of them than one might realize. We've previously highlighted films from various genres, such as the drama Nobody Knows I'm Here and the comedy Win It All.

Now, it's time to delve into the world of Private Life, directed by Tamara Jenkins.nnPrivate Life follows the story of Richard (played by Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (played by Kathryn Hahn), a couple grappling with infertility. As they navigate the challenges of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption, their marriage is put to the test.

When their doctor suggests using a donor egg to increase their chances of conceiving, the couple is initially hesitant. However, when Sadie, their 25-year-old niece who has recently returned to their lives after dropping out of college, offers to be a donor, they reconsider their options.nnThe film made its debut in 2018 at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and was also featured at the New York Film Festival that same year.

The fact that a film is selected to be shown at such esteemed festivals is often indicative of its quality, and Private Life certainly did not disappoint. With a remarkable 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on over 100 reviews, it stands as one of the highest-rated Netflix Originals to date.nnWhile many believed that Paul Giamatti's performance in Private Life was worthy of an Oscar nomination, he ultimately did not receive one at the time.

However, Giamatti now has another opportunity for an Oscar nod with his role in The Holdovers, a new film directed by Alexander Payne. The Holdovers has recently hit theaters in the United States and has been met with positive reviews. Unfortunately, viewers in the Low Countries will have to wait until January 11 to catch the film in Dutch cinemas.

nnIn conclusion, Private Life is a compelling drama that delves into the complexities of relationships, infertility, and the lengths to which people will go to fulfill their dreams of starting a family. With standout performances from its lead actors and critical acclaim, it is a must-watch for fans of thought-provoking cinema. Whether you're a fan of drama, comedy, or any other genre, Netflix is sure to have a hidden gem waiting for you to discover.