Surprise screenings and indie dramas for me on SXSW day 4. First, The Dish & The Spoon, a film that was only on my radar because it stars Greta Gerwig (Greenburg), an actress I happen to think is stunning. The writer/director Alison Bagnall was new to me. I went into the screening trying to temper hopes that this would be one of those “indie gems” one hears tell of – I needn’t have bothered. It is.
Rose (Gerwig) descends into an emotional tailspin after her husband admits to an affair. Determined to get revenge, she drives to a boarded-up beach town to hunt down the other woman. Once there she meets up with a stranded British teenage boy (Olly Alexander) who soon becomes her constant companion and caretaker. This unlikely pair stumbles through a series of adventures, resulting in a rather unconventional romance. – Film’s Press Release
Wonderfully acted and beautiful to look at, it has a story with just the right amount of gusto. It seems to me that in indie films, writers/directors far too often equate depressing with poignant. Bagnall appears to understand that there is indeed a significant difference. The Dish & The Spoon reminds me of Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero, in both style and pacing. There’s also a level of innocence here that one hardly ever sees in this genre, especially from a movie about infidelity.