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||IMDB Rating: 4.6/10 from 43 votes
||Release: 2011 (USA) /
||Director: Joe Swanberg,
||Stars: Caitlin Stainken, Dean Peterson, Frank V. Ross, Joe Swanberg, Kurt Chiang, Megan Mercier, Spencer Parsons, Tim Reid
||Synopsis: Caitlin, a young Chicago performance artist, struggles to create work that is both personal and political. A piece she performs about the BP oil spill sends her relationship into a tailspin because her onstage nudity bothers her boyfriend.
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I believe there's at least one point in nearly every auteur's
filmography (yes, I'm calling director Joe Swanberg the a-word) where
their work channels the line of self-parody. For Terrence Malick, it
was To the Wonder, for Quentin Tarantino, it was Inglourious Basterds,
and now Swanberg has Caitlin Plays Herself, an interesting, but
ill-conceived, medium-length picture that introduces its few characters
in a clunky way, gives them ordinary, indie-film setups, and then
expects them to carry the shortest of runtimes with their small,
obscure personalities. With only sixty-nine minutes to fill, it's still
surprising that - considering how well Swanberg works with small
runtimes - just how dry and redundant this picture can get.
When I begin reiterating the plot is when you'll see how Swanberg
begins to parody himself. The film stars Caitlin Stainken as the title
character, an ambitious, but struggling Chicago actress, who aspires to
create work with a deep personal message and an even stronger political
one. Her latest fascination is with the ongoing BP oil spill, which she
symbolizes in her latest piece by being completely naked and soaked to
the bone in oil. Her boyfriend Joe (Joe Swanberg) is upset with her
being nude in her work, but seems to get over it after they cuddle,
kiss, and hold each other enough. Romanticism is always one of the
highest themes in a Swanberg movie, and he always makes sure to include
three or more scenes of intimacy in all his pictures. Consider Nights
and Weekends where the film rests completely on a young, uncertain
relationship and see how well that one floats with such a thin plot.
Then come back to Caitlin Plays Herself, which, in comparison, is a
film school project shot over the course of winter break. The only
potential point of commentary in the film is the erratic, tumultuous
relationship of Caitlin and Joe mirroring that of the masses'
relationship with the oil companies such as BP. We constantly bicker
about high gas prices, even though we're not forced to deal with them,
end up pouting for a day or so (or maybe participating in one of those
incredibly ineffective "gas strikes" where consumers are urged not to
buy gas for one whole day), but then we snuggle with them once more
when we are ultimately in need of more fuel for our cars.
As stable and as credible of a justification as that is for Caitlin
Plays Herself, it still seems a bit shaky and facile, mainly because
writers Stainken and Swanberg erect a very slim story with little
characterization and provide no opportunities at illustrating a
relationship burdened by ambition or trying to make a political
statement. What we end up with is a hybrid, one that occasionally
amuses, sometimes fascinates, but often alienates and bores. Some will
feel this way with all "mumblecore" films, which are films
characterized by very low budgets, inexpensive camera-work,
naturalistic dialog - mostly impromptu - and amateur actors. I very
rarely feel this way about such a bold, experimental, and extremely
significant movement in modern cinema.
Mumblecore is a hard genre to get into, not because it is characterized
by unconventional eccentricities, but because it relies so heavily on
character and minimal plot development. If you don't care for the
characters and a few stylistic touches, chances are, you won't like it.
There's very little actually in a film of the mumblecore genre and
unlike in mainstream cinema where's there's a lot to look for
(cinematography, pacing, plot development, conventions, music, twists,
etc), there's little other than character, themes, and dialog in
Caitlin Plays Herself has very little in it and the little it does have
isn't very memorable. Stainken and Swanberg are undoubtedly talented
people - especially Swanberg, whose 2011 year was the most productive
year for any director, as he released an unprecedented five films - but
they keep things way too vague to be analyzed here, and rely far too
heavily on romantic scenes that slow the progress and keep us away from
learning about both Caitlin and Joe. When all else fails, kiss and shut
Starring: Caitlin Stainken and Joe Swanberg. Directed by: Joe Swanberg.
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, Dean Peterson
, Frank V. Ross
, Joe Swanberg
, Kurt Chiang
, Megan Mercier
, Spencer Parsons
, Tim Reid
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