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The Girl Under the Waves (2001)

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Four actors, an off-screen narrator, and a director put together an improvisation. Savannah arrives in New York, having arranged to stay in the empty apartment of Michael, an acquaintance. ... See full summary »

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Four actors, an off-screen narrator, and a director put together an improvisation. Savannah arrives in New York, having arranged to stay in the empty apartment of Michael, an acquaintance. His days mixed up, Michael has also told Jonathan he can stay. Jonathan arrives, finds Savannah attractive, and starts talking. Savannah is intrigued, but also, in the back of her mind, recalls something she's heard about Jonathan. As Jonathan and Savannah start to connect, Michael returns, doesn't like what he sees, and male rivalry heats up, exacerbated by the arrival of a fourth person. Can Savannah and Jonathan return to their budding attraction? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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For lovers of improvisational performance, only
10 April 2004 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Savannah, a young woman from San Francisco, arrives to crash at the New York apartment of a stage magician, David, she met in San Francisco. There she encounters Johnathan, an acquaintance of David's who also has a set of keys to the apartment, a fugitive from the fumes of painting going on in his own apartment. David has apparently forgotten the competing offers of his apartment. There is a certain attraction between Savannah and Johnathan, and he, a charming raconteur, is soon sharing a rather intimate version of his part with her. David returns, strangely antagonistic toward Johnathan, who reciprocates. The atmosphere deteriorates, temporarily interrupted by the arrival of Isabel, a married friend of Johnathan, who has forgotten that he has invited her over to David's place. The film is shot on a more or less continuous take (except for a change of cassette in the camera). The director breaks in frequently with directions to the actors, addresses a running commentary to the audience, and uses title cards, like a silent movie, although sometimes to convey unexpressed thoughts of the characters. The film will hold the interest of those fascinated by improvisational acting, quite impressive here. For others, the all-too-visible clockworks will be merely annoying.. Most of the suspense in the plot, as opposed to the performances, comes, rather awkwardly, from a revelation about Johnathan's past given to the audience by the director five minutes in.


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