Berlin Review: Funny Face is a Stylish, Timely New York Odyssey

Berlin Review: Funny Face is a Stylish, Timely New York Odyssey
A girl in a headscarf meets a boy in a mask while trying to shoplift from the corner store where he works. She is frustrated from living at home with an uncle who doesn’t get her. He is frustrated because his grandparents have been evicted to make room for new swanky apartments. Romance and vengeance are soon both on the cards.

Funny Face is the latest work from Tim Sutton, a New York-based director whose previous films–Dark Night (a bold revisiting of the 2012 cinema shooting in Colorado) and Donnybrook (about a lucrative bare-knuckle boxing match)–also focused on violent loners, albeit of a different variety. Cosmo Jarvis stars as Saul, a lonely outsider who enjoys James Dean, smoking cigs and watching the Coney Island Cyclone from the rooftop of his apartment. His love interest is a younger Muslim woman named Zama (played by newcomer Dela Meskienyar); the Bonnie to his Clyde.
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