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Black Bear

Country: USA, Language: English, 104 mins

  • Director: Lawrence Michael Levine
  • Writer: Lawrence Michael Levine
  • Producer: Jonathan Blitstein; Richard J Bosner; Julie Christeas; Marina Grasic; Jai Khanna; Lawrence Michael Levine; Aubrey Plaza; Sophia Takal

CGiii Comment

An odd film...bear with it and it will reward you! Yes...that pun was intended.

This first part is a little difficult to handle, hinging on verbosity and succumbing to melodrama...where can it possibly go to from where [this part] ends up!?! somewhere that surprises and titillates in ways you wouldn't expect! Part a hoot. A wee comedic gem that opens a window into [and onto] the world of independent film-making. Basically, everyone is either stoned, drunk, sycophantic, clueless, pretentious...or, sexually charged! To be more accurate...each and every character is a combination of most of them.

It may be a cheeky observation...but, it might be a truthful one - have you ever been on the set of a low-budget, independent film? It really is not that far from truth...[indie] writers and directors [always] believe they are making the next great masterpiece...only to discover that their final product falls foul of their expectations. The technical crew just get on and do their jobs ignoring the artistic bull...with varying degrees of competency.They live for the wrap party.

This is life mimicking art mimicking life...bemusing and bamboozling it may be...but, entertaining, it most certainly is.


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The(ir) Blurb...

At a remote lake house in the Adirondack Mountains, a couple entertains an out-of-town guest looking for inspiration in her filmmaking. The group quickly falls into a calculated game of desire, manipulation, and jealousy, unaware of how dangerously convoluted their lives will soon become in the filmmaker's pursuit of a work of art, which blurs the boundaries between autobiography and invention.

Cast & Characters

Aubrey Plaza as Allison
Christopher Abbott as Gabe
Sarah Gadon as Blair
Paola Lázaro as Cahya
Grantham Coleman as Baako
Lindsay Burdge as Maude
Lou Gonzalez as Chris
Shannon O'Neill as Simone
Alexander Koch as Mike (as Alex Koch)
Jennifer Kim as Nora
Kevin Barker as John the Gaffer
Mary Borrello as 1st AC
Rob Turbovsky as 2nd AC
Haitao Zeng as PA