The Dish & The Spoon (2012)




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Devastated by the news of her husband's affair and convulsed by waves of grief and rage, twenty something Rose (Greta Gerwig)-vengeful, a bit unhinged, and still clad in her pajama bottoms-drives to a sleepy seaside town in Delaware intent on finding her spouse's lover. Climbing into an old lighthouse on the beach to swill a six-pack of beer, Rose stumbles upon a sleeping British teenager (Olly Alexander) whom she wakes and insists on taking somewhere. Stranded by some unknown party, the chatty, ludicrously attired youth accompanies Rose to a brewery where "the other woman" was recently employed and then to her parents' summer getaway house, slowly attuning to her anguish. As the grey winter days roll by, the mismatched pair embark on a series of frolicsome adventures-English dance lessons, role-playing in public-that bring them into closer quarters, igniting a bittersweet, perhaps imaginary romance. -- (C) Alison Bagnall
R (for language including some sexual references)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

Beautifully photographed, "The Dish & the Spoon" is awash in images of rain-soaked streets and gray wintry skies.

February 9, 2012
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | February 7, 2012
Village Voice
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Bagnall successfully exploits the seriocomic disparity between the supercharged relationship offscreen and the desultory one onscreen.

Full Review… | April 5, 2011
Top Critic

Gerwig handles her character's extreme mood swings with finesse.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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Director Alison Bagnall crafts a model independent film, a miniature story told with feeling and humor...

Full Review… | April 10, 2012
Boston Phoenix

Not so much an actual movie as an assortment of Amerindie affectations, The Dish & the Spoon doesn't waste a moment on recognizable reality, consumed as it is with checking off various items from its list of clichés.

Full Review… | February 7, 2012
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Dish & The Spoon


Two casually artistic characters (one quirky, one twee) mumble and meander across a landscape filtered through Belle & Sebastian.

Tom Fox
Tom Fox

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.

Danielle Kelly
Danielle Kelly

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.

Walter M.
Walter M.

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