Saturday, May 29, 2010

BEESWAX (2009) - Andrew Bujalski

It's refreshing to see a movie that gives a physically disabled character the right to headline a movie that has nothing whatsoever to do with their disability. It's also refreshing when that character gets enough real-life latitude to be complicated, sexual, a bit of a player and also a bit of a bitch.

Being in a wheelchair is the least of Jeannie's problems. If anything, her handicap is the passive-aggressive manner with which she handles the friends, would-be boyfriends or employees at her vintage clothing shop. She's thinking about suing her former friend/business partner who's kind of thinking about suing her. She's giving her ex-beau, a lawyer-to-be who is genuinely in love with her, mixed signals about getting back together because she needs his counsel more than his companionship. Oh yes, and she also has a twin sister!

There's a lot going on in Beeswax, all of it emotionally complicated and interesting and rich in character and blandly shot. In other words, another solid Mumblecore offering from director Bujalski. He even manages to humanize law students. No small feat!

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