19 January 2011

Gabi on the Roof in July

Directed by: Lawrence Michael Levine
Written by: Lawrence Michael Levine & Kate Kirtz
Full credits at IMDb

Gabi on the Roof in July, winner of best narrative feature at last year's Brooklyn Film Festival, concerns a brother and sister who're like Mumblecore equivalents of Astaire and Rogers. As with characters in a classic musical, sans the song-and-dance, their flaws and strengths are complementary; both boast a character trait the other lacks: he's responsible, she's fun, and each needs to take a page from the other. As such, they also embody the movie's central tension: not only between growing up and being cool, but also between two different styles of cinema—the self-serious drama and the easygoing comedy.

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