Starry-eyed Czech immigrant Krystyna journeys to New York City to meet her hero, Anna, a once-famous actress from her homeland. Having passed her Hollywood prime, Anna now struggles to find even bit parts in movies, and so begins mentoring young Krystyna, encouraging her in her own pursuit.
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A showcase for its star’s gifts but also an aesthetically eccentric film that refuses to let her coast. Method-trained, Kirkland takes big risks on articulately inarticulate gestures and reads lines against their surface grains to salient psychological effect.