MOVIE OF THE WEEK September 29, 2023: SHE CAME TO ME

If the idea of Marisa Tomei as a romance-addicted tugboat captain sounds like your cup of tea, then grab the popcorn and settle in for Rebecca Miller’s She Came to Me, a quirky, well-acted dramedy about the intersecting lives of two families of New Yorkers and the people in their orbit. By turns heartfelt and slightly absurdist, it’s ultimately the kind of cinematic escape from the real world that we all sometimes need.

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SHE CAME TO ME – Review by Leslie Combemale

Tthe audacious, bizarre, inconceivable dramedy will prove to be a favorite to quirky indie fans. There’s care and consideration in every aspect of the production, from the awards-heavy cast, to the careful color stories in the production design, to the embarrassment of riches offered up in the score and music. Writer/director Rebecca Miller gives her characters real issues, often to the point of mental illness, and they are issues that build interactions and relationships that offer less clearcut hero/villain scenarios, thereby making them worlds more interesting. She collaborated with her cast in developing their roles, and it shows in the commitment the performers give to their performances. The result is a sort of screwball comedy meets magical realism, with a lot of heart thrown in.

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SHE CAME TO ME – Review by Loren King

Writer and filmmaker Rebecca Miller’s first film since the too-little-seen Maggie’s Plan starring Greta Gerwig, Julianne Moore and Ethan Hawke in 2015, She Came to Me is a charming fairy tale about finding romance in a magical New York. In her films and works of literature, Miller has always delivered a strong personal voice and characters, particularly women, that are individual, flawed and fully human.

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SHE CAME TO ME – Review by Sherin Nicole

I’m in an uncertain place with She Came to Me, the slightly strange twist on romantic fiction by writer/director Rebecca Miller. There is an ostensible story and its themes—those are as clear as the hors d’oeuvres tray at a party. Yet there is an infusion of subtext that causes me to question the recipe. Perhaps that incongruity is leaving me wondering what to say. You could call me Schrödinger’s Critic—a state of neither/nor I find myself pondering more and more.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Rebecca Miller’s SHE CAME TO ME to be released via Vertical – Brandy McDonnell reports

Global independent distributor Vertical has secured U.S. rights to the romantic comedy She Came to Me, which had its world premiere in February as the opening night selection for the 2023 Berlin Film Festival. Vertical is planning a theatrical release for the comedy about love in all its forms. Set in the bustling metropolis of New York City, She Came to Me follows Steven Lauddem (Peter Dinklage), a composer who is plagued by a creative block that leaves him unable to finish the score for his big comeback opera.

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AWFJ Movie of the Week, May 16 – May 22: MAGGIE’S PLAN

AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Maggie’s Plan, the new comedy from celebrated writer/director Rebecca Miller (Personal Velocity, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee). The brilliant Greta Gerwig (Francis Ha, Mistress America) stars as the titular young woman who is firmly in control of her own life, and has decided to have a baby on her own. Her plan is derailed, however, when she falls for the married John (Ethan Hawke), blowing up his marriage to Georgette (Julianne Moore) in the process.

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