You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Noah Emmerich on Patricia Clarkson in ‘Elegy’

Actors champion fellow colleagues in 2008 performances

Patricia Clarkson’s work is a master class in fullness and minimalism. The scope and power of what she is able to communicate with the slightest of gestures — the sip of a drink or the turn of her head — it’s testament to the depth and potency of her inner life. It’s one of those things that can’t really be taught, and it’s what I believe separates the good from the truly great. But man, has she got it!

The scene where she’s talking about getting older and how it’s affecting her — there’s no histrionics or scenery chewing. To watch her journey from painful recognition to acceptance and gratitude, it’s stunning — so simple and elegant and truthful. With seemingly effortless fluidity, she manages raw emotional honesty and gives us a powerful and lasting portrait of a human soul.

More Film

  • Justice League

    Box Office: 'Justice League' Stalls with $94 Million Opening Weekend

    Patricia Clarkson’s work is a master class in fullness and minimalism. The scope and power of what she is able to communicate with the slightest of gestures — the sip of a drink or the turn of her head — it’s testament to the depth and potency of her inner life. It’s one of those […]

  • 12th and Clairmount Movie Review

    Film Review: '12th and Clairmount'

    Patricia Clarkson’s work is a master class in fullness and minimalism. The scope and power of what she is able to communicate with the slightest of gestures — the sip of a drink or the turn of her head — it’s testament to the depth and potency of her inner life. It’s one of those […]

  • Project Runway

    Weinstein Co. Feeling Pressure to Find a Buyer (EXCLUSIVE)

    Patricia Clarkson’s work is a master class in fullness and minimalism. The scope and power of what she is able to communicate with the slightest of gestures — the sip of a drink or the turn of her head — it’s testament to the depth and potency of her inner life. It’s one of those […]

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day review

    'Terminator' Writing Team Adds Billy Ray to Put Final Polish on Script

    Patricia Clarkson’s work is a master class in fullness and minimalism. The scope and power of what she is able to communicate with the slightest of gestures — the sip of a drink or the turn of her head — it’s testament to the depth and potency of her inner life. It’s one of those […]

  • Josh Hartnett, Margarita Levieva Starring in

    Josh Hartnett, Margarita Levieva Starring in Thriller 'Inherit the Viper'

    Patricia Clarkson’s work is a master class in fullness and minimalism. The scope and power of what she is able to communicate with the slightest of gestures — the sip of a drink or the turn of her head — it’s testament to the depth and potency of her inner life. It’s one of those […]

  • Mahershala Ali Burn

    Mahershala Ali to Star in, Executive Produce Crime Thriller 'Burn'

    Patricia Clarkson’s work is a master class in fullness and minimalism. The scope and power of what she is able to communicate with the slightest of gestures — the sip of a drink or the turn of her head — it’s testament to the depth and potency of her inner life. It’s one of those […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content