This has breakthrough written all over it: set in the early ’80s at an electronic chess tournament and shot on old-school video cameras, the film follows a young nerd as he attempts to navigate the twin perils of competitive gaming and burgeoning romance.
‘Drinking Buddies’ looks a lot like Joe Swanberg’s earlier films in content – it concerns a group of twentysomething friends who work at a brewery in Chicago – but the execution is a step up for this DIY master, with a decent budget and actors like Anna Kendrick and Olivia Wilde in the cast.
Newly-divorced masseuse Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) meets an unlikely new boyfriend at a party (a schlubby but kind-hearted James Gandolfini), only to find that one of her clients, poetess Marianne (Catherine Keener), is his embittered and loquacious ex-wife, whose relentless complaining about her ex makes her ‘like a human TripAdvisor’.
Charlie Cox (the lead in ‘Stardust’) stars as the titular Carter, who finds himself newly homeless, single, and unemployed. When he sees his ex-girlfriend Kelly (Jodie Whittaker) on the Tube on the 11-month anniversary of their break-up, he sets out on a mission to win her back, roping in some colourful characters to help him along the way.
Who is Sunhi? Literally, it's actress Jung Yu-Mi, but the answer in the film isn’t quite so straightforward. As a bunch of men try to define the pretty young film studies graduate – she is alternately described as creative, reserved, smart, odd and artistic – Sunhi herself is only after a letter of recommendation from her former professor so she can apply to a post-graduate course in America.