NP's Love And Other Impossible Pursuits played the Toronto Film Festival because it doesn't have distribution - a sign of changing film business economies. The LA Times distributes the good word on NP's performance, which might have benefited from her late entry into the project.
Roos made mention that Portman came into the role only 10 days before shooting after another actress dropped out. Perhaps she should take all her roles with so little preparation, as she seems to inhabit the part so completely it is difficult to imagine anyone else in it. She doesn't exhibit the plucky spirit so often asked for of younger actresses, but rather an armored wariness and defensive hostility that is remarkable to encounter. Though the film may at times be less than perfect, Portman gives a startlingly rounded and full-blooded performance.