James (Saturday Night Live’s Kyle Mooney) is a young man obsessed with Brigsby Bear Adventures, a children live-action TV show that seems to have run for many seasons and has accompanied him since childhood. But what James ignores is that he is the only one who has ever seen the show and that he is about to leave behind life as he knew it to start a new chapter of his existence, one that is entirely different. Not that his adaptation to this new reality goes wrong, but Brigsby Bear was an essential part of James’ life, education and imagination, and James deeply feels his absence. To bring him back, James decides to write and shoot a sequel for the TV show and, for this, he will need to involve people who are oblivious to his peculiar situation, yet not to his feelings and aspirations, which, after all, are the aspirations shared by each and everyone.
Brigsby Bear is the feature that took everyone by surprise this year. After being nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and winning the Discovery Award for Best Film at Sitges last year, it is sure to charm Americana’s audiences with its humour and humaneness. This film by director Dave McCary has possibly one of the most bizarre plots seen in recent years but, incredibly, never goes off course and ultimately steer clear of plot holes. This movie is best enjoyed without knowing too much about it beforehand. With its delightful eccentricity and its relatable human qualities, Brigsby Bear is bound to become a cult film in no time. It’s very rare that a story about what makes us who we are—what shapes our personality growing up and how man is an artistic animal in search of his place in the world—is told with such empathy and depth. One of the most achieved comedies in the last years.
2017: Sundance Film Festival
2017: Cannes Quinzaine des réalisateurs
2017: Discovery Award – Festival de Sitges
2017: Melbourne Film Festival
2017: Sidney Film Festival
Runtime: 97 min
Director: Dave McCary
Screenplay: Kevin Costello, Kyle Mooney
Cinematography: Christian Sprenger
OST: David Wingo
Cast: Mooney, Matt Walsh, Greg Kinnear, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill
Subtitles: Guillermo Parra
Contact: Sony Pictures