Black Bear assessment: Amazing solid elevates this playfully meta tale

<p>Audrey Plaza is mesmerising in this meta drama</p>

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ubrey Plaza has a Mona Lisa sneer. Her mysteriously alluring mouth lit up the Television set sequence Parks and Recreation and functions its magic in this meta US indie drama about a proficient and primal prima donna who makes use of fiction to savage her foes.

Published and directed by Lawrence Michael Levine, the film comes in two pieces. In the very first section, Allison (Plaza), a breezy actress-turned-movie-maker, is on a rural retreat in the Adirondacks, with bed and board offered by a yuppie pair, Gabe and Blair (Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon fantastic). If bickering have been an extreme sport, these two would have a home heaving with trophies. That there is an immediate attraction between Allison and Gabe only adds to the fury of the expecting, possessive and significantly inebriated Blair.

<p>Audrey Plaza is mesmerising in this meta drama</p>

Audrey Plaza is mesmerising in this meta drama

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The 2nd section is set in the similar house. This time, on the other hand, it’s Plaza’s character who’s jealous and pie-eyed. An actress, she’s the star of a movie currently being directed by her poisonous, Machiavellian spouse, Gabe (Abbott), who keeps huddling with a fairly cast-member (Gadon).

As the psycho-dynamics unfold, Levin finds time to lampoon the earth of very low-price range film-generating, with Abbott’s Cassavetes-wannabe provoking the most chuckles. Hipster Gabe is the best tw*t in the hat and the passive-aggressive way he demands nibbles from minions feels just appropriate.

The scene wherever Gabe shoots the previous scene of his opus is equally gruelling and splendidly involving. Levine’s possess finale, by comparison, is a bit of a allow-down. Nonetheless, his po-mo, playfully feminist motion picture leaves a lasting perception. Bears may not defecate in these woods, but s*** hits the lover with style.

104mins, cert 15. On demand