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The Dish and The Spoon

The Dish and The Spoon

USA, 2010, 90 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: American Indie, Dark Comedy, Drama, Womens Issues
Programs: Contemporary World Cinema, New Directors Showcase, Women + Film
Language: English

DIRECTOR: Alison Bagnall
Producer: Peter Gilbert, Alison Bangnall, Amy Seimetz
Editor: Darrin Navarro
Screenwriter: Alison Bagnall, Andrew Lewis
Cinematographer: Mark Schwartzbard
Principal Cast: Greta Gerwig, Olly Alexander

Writer-director Alison Bagnall’s poignant indie drama The Dish and the Spoon spins a tale of unlikely friendship between two vulnerable strangers who share a common bond—betrayal. Hysterical wife Rose (Greta Gerwig) has just discovered her husband cheated on her with a former friend. Desperate, broke, and raging, she drives off in search of revenge, eventually finding herself at the Delaware seashore, where she discovers a fragile young man (Olly Alexander) asleep in an abandoned lighthouse—who, it turns out, has arrived from England only to be jilted by his own would-be lover. Together, they set out on a series of semicomic adventures in pursuit of Rose’s goal—“to kill the bitch” who seduced her man.

Indie darlings Gerwig and Alexander reveal incredible chemistry as their onscreen relationship vacillates between romantic and sweetly platonic. An element of mystery surrounds them; Alexander, known only as “The Boy,” seems almost ahistorical, a sort of guardian angel who never questions Rose’s manic behavior, following her faithfully until he disappears as enigmatically as he first appeared. Although she scripted The Dish and the Spoon, Bagnall encouraged her two talented leads to improvise: I'm as controlling as any person who wants to direct a film,” she has said, “but in this film I wanted to see what they would do.”

Sponsored by Barbara Bridges Family Foundation, Butler Rents, Caz Matthews, UC Denver Live!

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