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Parker Posey sitting at a dinner table opposite Melvil Poupaud
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In Praise of Parker Posey

13 Mar - 22 Mar

Thirty-something love and life in Manhattan haven’t quite lived up to expectations for Nora Wilder (Parker Posey). An Arts graduate who has spent the last six years working in guest services, Nora’s romantic options seem to be shrinking while her best friend, Audrey (Drea de Matteo) celebrates anniversary milestones. Posey stars opposite French heart-throb Melvil Poupaud (Laurence Anyways) in a disarming and assured feature film debut by director Zoe Cassavetes. 

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  • “The good ones get snapped up so quickly at your age,” Nora’s glamorous mother, Vivien (Gena Rowlands, Zoe Cassavetes’ real-life mother) tells her. “I think I must be doing something horribly wrong, but I don’t know what it is,” Nora replies.

    Inspired to take Vivien’s advice to not ‘always go out with married couples’ Nora accepts an invitation to a party being thrown by a (clearly besotted) co-worker, Glen. Oblivious to Glen’s adoration, she meets an attractive Frenchman, Julien (Poupaud) whose devastating charm inexplicably appears lost on her.

    Posey and de Matteo are terrific playing off each other as besties whose messy grown-up lives aren’t running as parallel as they used to but who still care deeply about being there for each other. Posey makes Nora an endearing study in vulnerability as her character tries to quell her sense of low level panic and predisposition to self-sabotage as she weighs up her emotional investment in a potential new romance.

    “That rare romantic comedy in which women can actually see themselves”