Directed by Alex Ross Perry
Brooklynites air their neuroses.
“With Golden Exits, Alex Ross Perry affirms that he’s one of the most talented younger filmmakers working in American movies,” said Manohla Dargis in The New York Times. This quiet drama tracks the effect that a young woman has on a group of friends and strangers in an affluent Brooklyn neighborhood, and it reminds us how good the director is at writing “multidimensional, difficult, sometimes flat-out unlikable women.” Emily Browning plays the newcomer: an Australian student hired by an archivist stuck in a dead marriage and watched over suspiciously by both his wife (Chloë Sevigny) and his sister-in-law (a “fearsome” Mary-Louise Parker). But as Adam Horovitz’s Nick and a second married man start circling the new girl, the movie “quickly falls into a deadening pattern,” said Noel Murray in ThePlaylist.net. We get muted conflict in scene after scene, then the characters explaining themselves—all in a “misbegotten” bid to make a contemporary Ingmar Bergman film. This film may not please everyone, said Jordan Hoffman in VanityFair.com. But Horovitz and Jason Schwartzman are both “remarkable” here, and Perry supplies “ample opportunities to laugh” at these cosseted, self-centered people. With his fifth movie, he’s made “a droll micromasterpiece.” ■