Aubrey Plaza gives a career best performance in this twisting, trippy and intensely dark comedy. Playing out like a fever dream in two parts, Black Bear is a surreal experience
Aubrey Plaza gives a career best performance in this twisting, trippy and intensely dark comedy. Playing out like a fever dream in two parts, Black Bear is a surreal experience on the endeavours of the filmmaking process and how far some will go to ensure that their creative vision is seen on screen.
At a remote and idyllic lakeside retreat, independent filmmaker Allison (Plaza) arrives as a house guest to a troubled couple (Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon), who have eschewed their life in the city. Battling writer’s block, Allison sparks a calculated game of desire and jealousy in pursuit of a new work that blurs the boundaries between autobiography and invention, between life and art. Meanwhile, a bear lurks in the woods, ready to create some deeper meaning to these proceedings.
In one of her best performances, Aubrey Plaza is spellbinding alongside Abbott and Gadon in a dark reflection on indie filmmaking, toxic relationships and power dynamics: so tense but so thrilling, and if you thought the new Spider-Man movie was meta, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
“Tricksy, surreal cringe comedy, a film that falls somewhere between Fawlty Towers and Mulholland Drive…” – Tara Brady, Irish Times