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Watching The Boy Downstairs at the Tribeca Film Festival a question kept looping through my head: Would Shoshanna Shapiro like this movie? I do not, in fact, check every movie I see against the imagined taste of everyone’s favorite character on Girls; this came to mind not just because Zosia Mamet, who plays Shoshanna, stars in The Boy Downstairs (indeed, appears in, if I’m not mistaken, every scene), but because it’s a lightly amusing...
“The man has something in his eye,” a lavishly dressed Parisian psychic repeats over and over again to a lonely flight attendant named Gina (Lindsay Burdge). Following a ghastly turn of events that has left her longing for a new companion in life, the love-consumed Gina wanders through the bustling streets of Paris on a layover, staring into the eyes of every passing man until she comes across the enchanting Jérôme (Damien Bonnard) when...
“Wouldn’t this be better if I were talking about my stuff?” Dustin Hoffman asked Noah Baumbach, mostly in jest, I think, at the Tribeca Film Festival Monday night (this was part of the "Directors Series" at Tribeca Talks). It was a callback to Hoffman’s opening, where he mentioned that it took a while before he realized that “apparently, this is about your career”—a chat with writer-director Baumbach moderated by Hoffman, rather than the other...
With teen movies of the ‘10s consigned largely to YA-based romances, it’s only natural that more varied portraits of young people would have to retreat to independent cinema (and when audiences ignore a strong mainstream coming-of-age movie like last fall’s The Edge of Seventeen, they do their part to hasten that retreat). The Tribeca Film Festival, ongoing now in its 16th iteration, usually has at least one if not multiple coming-of-age movies; this year,...

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