The Dish and the Spoon—Boston Release!

Director Alison Bagnall is Person, Friday Night Only


Director Alison Bagnall is Person, Friday Night Only
2011, U.S. Described by Stephen Holden of the New York Times as a "mournful indie gem," Alison Bagnall's (co-writer of Buffalo '66) second feature is the unassuming tale of a brief-encounter between two wounded souls, a distraught young woman and the British teen she finds stranded in the abandoned lighthouse of a Delaware seaside town. Rose (Gerwig), emotionally unhinged after leaving her cheating husband, takes shelter with the boy (Alexander) in her parent's deserted beach house; ; there she plots revenge on her husband's paramour, while the whimsical boy's presence shifts from watchful protector to fragile would-be lover.

"Lovely, freewheeling... The never-quite lovers riff away, channeling their inner Charlie Chaplins and swapping the kind of crisp, batty and original boy-girl dialogue that Hollywood rom-coms would risk if they had an ounce of heart or wit. The performances are so alive to the pleasure of their making." - Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal

Bagnall's melancholy reverie floats from comically sorrowful interludes in which Rose vents her rage, to tender moments between the unlikely companions; the power of their ephemeral connection eludes any sexual connection, instead twinkling with a romantic spark more in spirit with the film’s poetic visions of flocks of birds taking flight. Bagnall has earned justifiable praise for both the film’s fanciful tone and the magnetic performances she elicits from her actors. Greta Gerwig’s lovely, courageous dance recalls Miranda July's interlude in The Future, while surpassing its poignancy as a bodily articulation of unspeakable heartache.

The Dish and the Spoon

The Dish and the Spoon

The Dish and the Spoon

April 13 @ 7pm

April 14 @ 6:45pm

April 14 @ 8:30pm

April 15 @ 2pm

Bright Family Screening Room



$10. $7.50 for Members and Seniors. $5 for Students. Emerson Students Free.



Running Time:

92 minutes


Color, Digital Video—Boston Release!