Picks and Pans Review: Joe Gould's Secret
Joseph Mitchell (Tucci), a writer at The New Yorker, comes home after a long day. "What's it like outside?" his wife (Davis) asks. "It's cold," he replies, reaching for her.
In this delicate, spare scene, Mitchell's response keenly conveys just how glad he is to have a home, a wife, kids and a life that makes sense. A disturbing drama directed by Tucci (Big Night), Secret is about the years Mitchell spent following and writing about Gould (Holm), a brilliant, eccentric, drunken derelict who claimed to be writing a history of the world. The film—by turns affecting, baffling and diffuse—is about how, even if life has no final answers, one has to keep asking questions. (R)
Bottom Line: Touché, Tucci