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Alexander the Last -- An ensemble drama about a married actress, her sister and their myriad sexual and creative temptations.

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Sometimes a commitment requires a little creativity
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Cast

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Jess Weixler ... Alex

Justin Rice ... Eliott

Barlow Jacobs ... Jamie

Amy Seimetz ... Hellen

Jane Adams ... Director

Josh Hamilton ... Playwright
Jo Schornikow ... Bandmate
Sean Price Williams ... Matt

Christopher Denham ... Actor
Molly Hawkins ... Actress
Kent Osborne ... Reggie
Alison Bagnall ... Costume Designer
Ellen Stagg ... Model
Randy Bell ... Sailor
Jade Healy ... Stagehand
Chris Trujillo ... Stagehand

David Lowery ... Stagehand
Kris Swanberg ... Stagehand
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Directed by
Joe Swanberg 
 
Writing credits
Joe Swanberg  writer and
David Lowery  additional material and
Jess Weixler  additional material and
Justin Rice  additional material and
Barlow Jacobs  additional material and
Amy Seimetz  additional material

Produced by
Noah Baumbach .... producer
Anish Savjani .... producer
Joe Swanberg .... producer
 
Original Music by
Justin Rice (original music by)
Jo Schornikow (original music by)
 
Cinematography by
Joe Swanberg 
 
Film Editing by
Joe Swanberg 
 
Production Design by
Jade Healy 
 
Sound Department
David Lowery .... sound recordist
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ry Russo-Young .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
David Lowery .... additional editor
 
Other crew
Tipper Newton .... production assistant
 
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Ti West .... special thanks
 

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Argentina:72 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival) | USA:72 min
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I can't turn the chemistry off., 19 March 2009
Author: lastliberal from United States

I do not have a lot of experience in this genre of the independent film movement. But, in our search for the next John Cassavetes, we have to ask if Joe Swanberg is one to watch.

Low budget, improvised dialog (just about everyone in the film gets a writing credit), and a look at the lives of twenty-somethings, is part of the genre called "mumblecore" or " bedhead cinema" or "Slackavetes" in an homage to Cassavetes. My only previous experience has been Mark and Jay Duplass' film The Puffy Chair.

The film is about relationships, real and imaginary and how the two blend. Jess Weixler, who I loved in Teeth, is a stage actress in a way off Broadway production. She is married to Eliott (Justin Rice), a travelling musician. She brings Jaime (Barlow Jacobs - Shotgun Stories) home after rehearsal, as he has no where else to go. She tries to hook him up with her sister Hellen (Amy Seimetz - Wristcutters: A Love Story). The problem is that the lovemaking on stage is moving off stage. The imaginary is becoming real. No big surprise there as the stage sex is pretty real.

Of course, Hellen starts becoming jealous and accusatory, so her relationship with Alex (Weixler) deteriorates. The real starts to affect the imaginary as the stage relationship is strained.

The film had it's World Premiere last weekend at the SXSW.

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