Nick (Adam Horowitz of the Beastie Boys), an archivist, and Alyssa (Chloë Sevigny), a therapist, are a married couple at a dead end. Buddy (Jason Schwartzman) is married to Jess (Analeigh Tipton), with whom he runs a music studio. Jess’ sister, Sam, (Miss Stevens’ Lily Rabe), is the tormented personal assistant of the acerbic, single Gwendolyn (Mary-Louise Parker), Alyssa’s sister. One day, a pretty Australian student named Naomi (Emily Browning), who is also an old-family acquaintance of Buddy, lands in the midst of the unhappy bunch as Nick hires her as his assistant. The group of Brooklynites see the fragile balance of their lives affected by suspicion, frustration and pride.
Alex Ross Perry stars regularly at the Americana Film Festival, as much for his directorial skills (Listen Up Philip, 2014) as for his acting chops (Joshy, 2016). His latest feature, Golden Exits, was warmly received by critics, nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and screened at prestigious festivals, such as last year’s edition of the Berlinale. Stepping away from the oppressive atmosphere of his Queen of Earth (2015), Ross Perry returns with a superb Brooklyn-based drama where pretend happiness prevails and changes appear impossible. The New York writer-director demonstrates his undeniable talent as a filmmaker, exploring the emotional turmoil of characters from different ages and interests, and displaying their weaknesses in this multifaceted film that features a memorable performance from a very stoic Chloë Sevigny. The monotony and the humdrum existence of these yuppies give rise to a narrative without any unforeseen plot twists. However, the maturity and nuance with which their relationships are treated lead to a much more dynamic inner world, where the spirit of the film lies.
2017: Festival de Sundance
2017: Festival de Berlín (Berlinale)
Runtime: 94 min
Direction: Alex Ross Perry
Screenplay: Alex Ross Perry
Cinematography: Sean Price Williams
OST: Keegan DeWitt
Cast: Emily Browning, Jason Giampietro, Mary-Louise Parker, Jason Schwartzman
Subtitles: Antti Savinen
Contacte: Washintong Square Films