The Dish & The Spoon (2012)
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Beautifully photographed, "The Dish & the Spoon" is awash in images of rain-soaked streets and gray wintry skies.
For once, an American indie's muted modesty at least makes emotional sense, suiting a bittersweet romance that, by nature, has neither a name nor a future.
Bagnall successfully exploits the seriocomic disparity between the supercharged relationship offscreen and the desultory one onscreen.
Director Alison Bagnall crafts a model independent film, a miniature story told with feeling and humor...
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Two casually artistic characters (one quirky, one twee) mumble and meander across a landscape filtered through Belle & Sebastian.
This movie starts off about Rose's marital issues, but quickly turns into a twisted romance between Rose and a British teenager she finds. The movie sort of spirals into different directions from there until Rose finally confronts the woman her husband cheated on her with. That doesn't amount to much, though, and she ends up ditching the teenager she strung along to return to her husband.
Driving off crying and apparently in her pajamas to boot, Rose(Greta Gerwig) is too upset to have remembered her wallet, leaving her just enough money for the breakfast of champions, donuts and beer. She would prefer enjoying this delicious meal in the privacy of a lighthouse but discovers a young englishman(Olly Alexander) sleeping there. Concerned for his welfare, she offers to drive him to a hospital but he waves her off. Instead they go to the brewery where until very recently the woman who had an affair with Rose's husband worked. As long as they are there, they have a beer or ten, while playing hangman and Rose discloses her plans. To be honest, "The Dish and the Spoon" does not have much in the way of a story, just people living in the past which applies to not just Rose, a mentally unstable woman, just as it is occasionally good to get away to gain some perspective. At the same time, neither of the lead characters seemed to have existed before the movie started. Otherwise, it is up to the Delaware Tourism Board and the two talented lead actors to produce anything of substance and just as importantly to prevent the movie from going over the ledge into cringeworthy territory.
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