Greta Gerwig Is In A NY THING On DemandMay 21, 2012
On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: A NY THING (Film Movement).
A NY THING
Although A NY THING strives to be a romantic comedy, there is little humor to be found in this melodramatic tale of French and American lovers whose worlds collide in the city that never sleeps. Antoine (Jonathan Zaccai) is in love with Alice (Fanny Valette) who happens to be dating Arthur (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). Despite Alice’s uncertainty, she seems unable to let go of Antoine’s affections. He follows her on a flight from Paris to New York in hopes that she will soon be returning with him. When they arrive in the States, Antoine assumes the alias of “John” and simply poses as a friend of Alice so that he can keep a close eye on her dalliances with Arthur in New York. But when Arthur’s roommate Tamara (Greta Gerwig) develops a slight infatuation with “John,” a strange love quadrangle unfolds.
Greta Gerwig / A NY THING (Film Movement)
One of the best things about this film is probably the attractiveness of the actors. Who wouldn’t want to spend an hour and half with some beautiful French and American hipsters who drift between trendy loft parties in Manhattan?
Despite the overwhelmingly melancholy mood of A NY THING, Gerwig gives a delightful performance as a peppy love-sick-hopeful who happens to get mixed up in an unusually complicated situation. The character of Alice provides a stark contrast as an indecisive, yet beautiful, female lead. Unfortunately, her lies about Antoine keep the audience from really cheering for the two Frenchies to end up together. Antoine is too weak to give Alice an ultimatum, and she may be too insecure to admit to herself that what makes her truly happy is just being wanted.
Director Oliver Lecot may have hoped to examine the nuances and mysteries of human relationships but it is truly the cinematography that steals the show. Each scene has a somewhat improvised quality and while the audience may not always understand what is happening, the beautiful shots convey enough information about the various mood shifts of the four protagonists.
Fans of mumblecore type films will appreciate the understated performances and realistic tone of the story. Nothing crazy happens. And while the average person may not be spontaneous enough to follow a crush across an ocean on a whim, many may ponder what it would be like to be able to spy on a loved one in plain sight. Do not expect a life-changing narrative here but for a well shot, uniquely-driven commentary on unrequited love, A NY THING may be an enjoyable experiment.
Sky McCarthy (@ILiveSkyHigh) is a contributing writer to On Demand Weekly and a television enthusiast (ask me about anything!) currently working in entertainment in New York City.
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