11 years later, Tamara Jenkins returns with ‘Private Life’

NEW YORK (AP) — Tamara Jenkins has had time to consider why there have been such long stretches between her movies. Her latest, “Private Life,” comes 11 years after her last one, the Oscar-nominated “The Savages.”

For Jenkins’ fans, such prolonged absences are a disappointment. For others, it’s a prime example of how the movie industry doesn’t value its female filmmakers like its male ones. For Jenkins, it’s more complicated.

The filmmaker says that she’s had periods of self-doubt, wondering whether the issue is her or Hollywood. But she’s also noticed long gaps in the filmographies of other prominent female directors, like Patty Jenkins and Debra Granik. Says Jenkins: “So I’m not alone.”

“Private Life” opens Friday in limited release and on Netflix.

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