Best friends and flatmates Laura (Holliday Grainger, My Cousin Rachel) and Tyler (Alia Shawkat, TV’s Arrested Development) are soulmates in their early 30s.
They lead a hedonistic existence of booze, drugs, hard-partying, and sex with disposable men. They have a 10 year friendship free from rules, sharing a seemingly unbreakable bond.
Laura, a would-be writer, has struggled for ten years to write what she describes as “about ten pages”.
They work as baristas and manage to dress well (beautifully costumed by Renate Henschke) and furnish their shabby-chic apartment from charity stores.
When Laura’s younger (once wilder) married sister Jean (Amy Molloy) announces that she is having a baby, she begins to look to her future and develops a relationship with Jim (Fra Fee), a talented classical pianist who lives in a different world – while Tyler is hell-bent on living now, and describes Jim as “wearing the shoes of an undertaker”.
The chemistry between the two leads makes for wonderful performances.
With terrific facial reactions, Grainger is captivating and Shawkat provides a perfect counterpoint in this dark comedy of contemporary female friendship.
All the actors are well chosen and cinematography by Bryan Mason is excellent.
You may not especially like the characters in the film, or care what happens to them, but you should enjoy this often funny study of a friendship free from judgement and cliché.
Emma Jane Unsworth adapted her acclaimed novel of the same name, written in 2104, for the screen.
It is set in Dublin, directed by Australian Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays) and co-produced by Screen Australia and the Irish Film Board.
Showing at Luna Leederville from 12 September.
Watch the trailer…