Mara and Jo are best friends. Mara is dependable and Jo is troubled; they met when they were 14 years old. Neither of their lives are stable, their jobs are precarious and their dates go nowhere, writing is something done on the side, like so often in Brooklyn. Amid the everyday events and chit-chat, the only constant is their friendship, or, rather, its dynamic: Mara’s phone will ring and Jo will need her help, Mara will drop everything for her, but Jo’s thoughts will already be elsewhere by the time she arrives. The plot skips forward delicately, alighting on another manifestation of the same pattern each time, though Jo’s troughs deepen and Mara’s resentment grows. Time passes and there are new jobs, new boyfriends, drugs, tears and fresh starts, a pregnancy and later a little girl, all of which steadily tug at Jo and Mara’s bond. At times, the camera lingers on some street scene, as if lost in thought, considering, like the whole film, the nature of friendship, a theme so seldom given the same quiet scrutiny as either family or partnership, despite its own unconditional currents. It arrives without warning and departs the same way, how to describe the feeling in between?
by Dan Sallitt
with Tallie Medel, Norma Kuhling, Lorelei Romani, C. Mason Wells, Dylan McCormick, Kolyn Brown, Willy McGee, Scott Friend, Evan Davis, Ben Sloane
USA 2019 English 94’ Colour


  • Tallie Medel (Mara)
  • Norma Kuhling (Jo Mitchel)
  • Lorelei Romani (Lorelei)
  • C. Mason Wells (Adam)
  • Dylan McCormick (Conor)
  • Kolyn Brown (Leah)
  • Willy McGee (Josh)
  • Scott Friend (Jonathan)
  • Evan Davis (David Marshall)
  • Ben Sloane (Tim)


Written and Directed by Dan Sallitt
Cinematography Christopher Messina
Editing Dan Sallitt
Sound Sean Dunn, Lian Luan
Production Design Grace Sloan
Make-Up Kelly Miller
Producers Caitlin Mae Burke, Graham Swon

Produced by

Caitlin Mae Burke

Graham Swon

Dan Sallitt

Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA in 1955, received a B.A. in Mathematics, and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting. He has written film criticism for many outlets.


1986 Polly Perverse Strikes Again!; 98 Min. 1998 Honeymoon; 90 min. 2004 All the Ships at Sea; 64 min. 2012 The Unspeakable Act; 91 min. 2019 Fourteen

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019