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Steadfastly holding the viewer's interest even as it skirts the edges of documentary cinema, Actress is a demanding watch that rewards the effort.



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Brandy Burre had a recurring role on HBO's The Wire when she gave up her career to start a family. When she decides to reclaim her life as an actor, the domestic world she's carefully created crumbles around her. Using elements of melodrama and cinema verité, ACTRESS is both a present tense portrait of a dying relationship and an exploration of a complicated woman, performing the role of herself, in a complex-yet-familiar story. It's a film about starring in the movie of your life. This is what happens when we break the rules.(C) Official Site

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  • At one point her agent tells her she needs a demo reel to get work in LA; watching her drop tears for the camera as her home life disintegrates, I had to wonder whether this was it.

    Feb 26, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Combining artifice with vérité documentary style, [Greene] underscores the inextricability of real life and make-believe, of genuine behavior and self-conscious performance.

    Feb 5, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Robert Greene's extraordinary collaboration with actress Brandy Burre is a playful, provocative examination of self-performance.

    Nov 14, 2014 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

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  • One of the greatest documentaries I've ever seen.

    Nov 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A good portion of the cinema verite proceedings, ranging from endless glimpses of her domestic life to footage of her performing an original song in a Greenwich Village cabaret, prove less than arresting.

    Nov 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • It's a story with universal appeal rendered in intimate flourishes.

    Nov 7, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

    Eric Kohn

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