The Dish and the Spoon

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It’s quirk factor 10 as mistress of mumblecore Greta Gerwig returns to the low-budget indie fare that made her name. ‘The Dish and the Spoon’ isn’t quite mumblecore – it’s too professionally produced and narratively slick for that – but it nonetheless allows Gerwig to shake off her Hollywood trappings and get back to basics. The story is simple: devastated, cuckolded wife Rose (Gerwig) picks up a stray British teen (Olly Alexander) and the two spend time wandering around a boarded-up Delaware seaside town. The two lead performances are strong, and there are moments of keen emotional insight – the climactic country-dance scene is almost unbearably tense – but these are undercut by an overriding sense of indie-movie wackiness and overemphatic oddball characterisation.

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Director: Alison Bagnall
Cast: Greta Gerwig
Alexander Scourby
Eleonore Hendricks
Amy Seimetz
Adam Rothenberg
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