It’s April and Naomi has come to New York from Australia to work for Nick, an archivist cataloguing the materials belonging to his partner Alyssa’s dead father. Nick was given the job by her sister Gwen; both are suspicious of Nick’s preference for female assistants. Naomi doesn’t know anyone in the city apart from her childhood acquaintance Buddy. He runs his own recording studio and employed Jess to run it; she later became his wife. Her best friend Sam is Gwen’s personal assistant; Gwen isn’t easy.
Naomi and Jess are in their twenties; Sam and Buddy in their thirties; Nick, Alyssa and Gwen in their forties; none of them are happy. It’s there in their faces, captured in tight close-ups which amplify the stubborn sense of discontent. Naomi’s arrival awakens things that could be, that might have been, that never will be. Each generation covets the other’s privileges while quietly forgetting its own. New York is even more beautiful as spring moves into summer, but the warm light doesn’t penetrate the cold interiors, which only grow darker. Naomi was always going to leave again and was always going to leave an impression, now it’s only about leaving with grace.
Alex Ross Perry
94 min · Colour
Emily Browning (Naomi)Adam Horovitz (Nick)Jason Schwartzman (Buddy)Chloë Sevigny (Alyssa)Mary-Louise Parker (Gwendolyn)Lily Rabe (Sam)Analeigh Tipton (Jess)
Born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1984. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.Filmography
2009 Impolex 2011 The Color Wheel 2014 Listen Up Philip 2015 Queen of Earth; 90 min., Berlinale Forum 2015 2017 Golden Exits
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017
Faliro House Productionswww.falirohouse.co
Washington Square Films
Bow & Arrow Entertainment
Forager Film Company
Webber Gilbert Media Group