Quiet City (2007, Aaron Katz)

screened on DVD on laptop on flight to San Francisco, December 18 2007 IMDb This is the real deal.  Honest moments, poignantly and convincingly awkward behavior, and plenty of room to breathe in the world presented to us with modesty and confidence.  Erin Fisher's lovely face runs the gamut of puzzled post-adolescent bewilderment - she gives Amy Adams a run for her money.  This film may seem a lot more minimalistic than, say Once, and without the benefit of emo song numbers and cute kid - but notice how much subtext there is in the relationships - subtext not established by expository dialogue or even scenario, but by body language.  That's top notch direction at work.  I'm looking forward to seeing Dance Party USA.