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The Dish & the Spoon (2011)

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Reeling from her husband's affair, Rose collides with a marooned teenager in a boarded-up Delaware beach town.


Alison Bagnall


Olly Alexander (additional material), Alison Bagnall (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Greta Gerwig ... Rose
Olly Alexander ... Boy
Eleonore Hendricks ... Emma (as Eléonore Hendricks)
Amy Seimetz ... Emma's Friend
Adam Rothenberg ... Husband
Dan Seely Dan Seely ... Cashier
Sam Calagione Sam Calagione ... Brewery Manager
H.D. Parsons H.D. Parsons ... Fisherman
Kevin Miller Kevin Miller ... Fish Gutter (as Kelvin Miller)
Shirley Miller Shirley Miller ... Old Time Photo Clerk
James Miller James Miller ... Old Time Photographer
Susan Betts Susan Betts ... Costume Shop Clerk
John Bochnowski John Bochnowski ... Dance Leader


Livid over her husband's affair, Rose drives from Virginia to Delaware to confront (if not kill) the woman who dallied with her man. While unable to immediately confront the woman, Rose finds a British lad who's somewhat stranded after coming to America, having pursued a pretty girl he once met but finding her now with another. Both emotionally adrift, Rose and the boy end up with each other for company at her parent's beach home, even roll-playing while Rose awaits the chance to confront her elusive romantic rival. Written by statmanjeff

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language including some sexual references






Release Date:

10 February 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

40 Day Dream See more »

Filming Locations:

Delaware, USA See more »

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Technical Specs



Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Boy: I'm a rent boy.
Rose: Oh, what's that?
Boy: Silly, it's male prostitute.
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I Found It Not So
Written by Christopher Porpora
Performed by Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips
A cappella arrangement by Britta Phillips
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Lovely, touching tiny film. Flawed, but far from fatally
1 January 2017 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

As modern American tiny-budget indie rom-coms go, this is sweet and charming, managing to avoid falling into most of the mumble-core traps and cliche's. There's something more successfully wistful and sad than usual in this tale of two mismatched and very quirky young people stumbling into each other's lives.

When we meet 20 something Rose, she's literally wailing and crying as she drives her car – seemingly without aim – after discovering her husband has been having an affair. Before long she meets a young, sweetly quiet English boy in his late teens, who came to America to meet up with a girl, and has now been cast adrift by her (maybe – there's a lovely question mark over all this character's stories. While there are scenes that are too precious, and moments where it feels like the film-maker and actors are working a bit too hard and self-consciously at being charmingly weird – moments where you can almost see the actors/director think "this will be a cool choice" - there's also a lot of humanity and quiet emotion in the performances by Greta Gerwig and Olly Alexander – creating characters who both seem caught on the edge of real emotional trouble -and in the muted, touching images with which Alison Bagnall frames them.

Yes, maybe we cut to migrating birds one too many times, or we're ahead of the supposed twist of a scene now and then. But it's the moments of fragile human complexity that feel unusual in any American film-making these days, large or small, and which ultimately won this a place in my heart.

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