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Black Bear (2020)

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A filmmaker at a creative impasse seeks solace from her tumultuous past at a rural retreat, only to find that the woods summon her inner demons in intense and surprising ways.
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Complete credited cast:
Aubrey Plaza ... Allison
Christopher Abbott ... Gabe
Sarah Gadon ... Blair
Paola Lázaro ... Cahya
Grantham Coleman ... Baako
Lindsay Burdge ... Maude
Lou Gonzalez ... Chris
Shannon O'Neill ... Simone
Alexander Koch ... Mike (as Alex Koch)
Jennifer Kim ... Nora
Kevin Barker Kevin Barker ... John the Gaffer
Mary Borrello Mary Borrello ... 1st AC
Rob Turbovsky ... 2nd AC
Haitao Zeng Haitao Zeng ... PA


At a remote lake house in the Adirondack Mountains, a couple entertains an out-of-town guest looking for inspiration in her filmmaking. The group quickly falls into a calculated game of desire, manipulation, and jealousy, unaware of how dangerously convoluted their lives will soon become in the filmmaker's pursuit of a work of art, which blurs the boundaries between autobiography and invention. Written by kanaan-02150

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, sexual content, drug use and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The movie is loosely based from Lawrence Michael Levine's dreams. He wanted to capture some parts of his dreams into the screenplay. See more »


In the second half of the film, Allison (Aubrey Plaza) is sitting in a chair and casually flashes her panties as she repositions her dress. The panties she's wearing are white. Then later on, when she is coming on to Baako (Grantham Coleman) she takes off the same dress and is now wearing black panties. There was no indication of a wardrobe change between these two scenes. See more »

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Aiming For More Than It Could Handle
12 December 2020 | by Blk_Ne190See all my reviews

I knew going into this movie that it was going to be allegoric and I honestly love that in a movie when it is like a puzzle that you have to pick apart and find the meaning of like many Charlie Kaufman films. But I honestly just couldn't wrap my head around this. I looked up the meaning after and was like "oh that is sort of cool" but I don't think I would ever got there on my own.

I know it had some good ideas but they just didn't get me to where it wanted me.

Aubrey was great as always. She was the best part for me I guess.

I think I wish the meaning was a little looser and more in the background or even tighter and was more of a clear picture.

It will probably click for some people but it just didn't for me maybe I just want paying enough attention or something but then again I'm not sure because I was mostly confused.

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Release Date:

4 December 2020 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Long Lake, New York, USA See more »

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1.66 : 1
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