From writer/director Alison Bagnall (Buffalo ’66, Piggie) comes the poignant comedy The Dish & the Spoon_. Greta Gerwig (_Greenberg, No Strings Attaches and the upcoming Arthur) is Rose, a woman descending into an emotional tailspin after her husband admits to an affair. Hell-bent on revenge, she drives to a boarded-up Delaware beach town to hunt down the other woman. Instead, she discovers a stranded British teenage boy (exciting newcomer Olly Alexander) marooned on the beach. This lost boy becomes her constant companion and caretaker. The mismatched pair stumbles through a series of small adventures that build towards an unconventional romance in this funny and affecting film. –SXSW
My love for Greta Gerwig continues! A Harold and Maude love story that effortlessly walks between comedy of manners and poignant naturalism. Maybe people don't actually act like this but it doesn't mean its not intensely realized and felt and works for an endearing story. These characters are so obtusely crafted that I was surprised that I cared in the end.
I'm pretty sure actual human beings do not talk or behave the way the characters in this movie do; it's such phony dialogue and behavior. The film is at its best when the characters simply are not talking. There are some nice quiet moments and good cinematography, but it's not enough to save the film. If you want to see this type of movie done right watch "Lost in Translation" or "My Own Private Idaho".