Dolly Wells – having made an impression with a key supporting role in Can You Ever Forgive Me? – brings a wry eye for minute human interactions to her directorial debut.
Lilian (Grace Van Patten) is unceremoniously dumped on arrival in New York and is forced to move into the home of reclusive novelist Julia (Emily Mortimer). Their frosty relationship becomes the basis for Lilian to do some much needed growing up.
Grace Van Patten (last seen in The Meyerowitz Stories) sets herself as one to watch with a winningly unpleasant take on coming of age malaise.
Cameos from Zadie Smith, Jonathan Ames, and Martin Amis add a particularly special layer of authenticity to this tale of two women whose eccentricities unexpectedly draw out change and growth in the other. Slotting alongside other New York comedies of intellectuals in an ethical mess, this is a well-observed and sharply written pleasure.