This is the second of two films by writer/director Noah Baumbach to be released in 2015. He re-teams with his muse Greta Gerwig who also shares writing credits. Like most of Baumbach's films "Mistress America" takes place in
City and involves a woman's battle for personal
identity and direction in life.
Brooke is a thirty something year old woman living in
New York City. Her positive attitude and outgoing
personality deceptively hide her directionless mess of a life. She is ambitious but not very successful as
her dreams often exceed her grasp. When
she finds out that her father is getting remarried she is exited that
she will be gaining a younger step sister.
played by Lola Kirke, is an eighteen year old college freshman who wants to be a writer and has dreams of
being chosen to join the prestigious Mobius Literary Society. A group of pretentious douche bags where good
writing seems to be of little importance.
smart and reserved but underneath lies a very dogged personality.
Brooke seeks out
and they instant start to bond. The
dialogue is pretty amazing as the words spill out of Brooke as if her brain was
on fire. With her disjointed and often
quirky stories, Tracy
begins writing it all down and starts a story called "Mistress
America". Her youthful ambition is
something that Brooke yearns for. A
chance to restart her adult life. Although
Brooke refuses to let her dream of becoming a dancer go and it's painful to
watch it slip by as she desperately tries to hold on. She has several odd jobs to pay the bills but
it's just not cutting it as she couch surfs at many friends apartments. The film is actually separated with title
cards of the different addresses she is currently living at.
After the financing for Brooke's other dream of opening her own restaurant falls through she takes
on a mission to meet an estrange friend, Mamie-Claire. Brooke claims that Mamie-Claire stole some of
her ideas when they were roommates in college and she made a ton of money off
of them. They drive to an extravagant
mansion in Connecticut
where they run in to a whole new batch of problems and situations. The whole movie especially the scene's at
Mamie-Claire's feel like a play rather than a movie. It feels a little staged and rehearsed but
the dialogue is spot on and it is pretty funny.