This photo provided by Fox Searchlight Pictures shows, Lola Kirke, from left, as Tracy, Cindy Cheung as Karen, Michael Chernus as Dylan, Heather Lind as Mamie-Claire and Matthew Shear as Tony in a scene from "Mistress America." (Fox Searchlight Pictures via AP)

MustWatch Movie: „Mistress America“ by Noah Baumbach (2015)

Greta Gerwig is doing it again: America’s Indiemovie Sweetheart portrays the neurotic New York 30ish woman that needs to find her place in this structured world. As a new student of literature  18 year old Tracy feels a little bit lonely in New York. Her attempts finding friends failed and so she calls her future step sister Brooke for a date. They meet and Brooke is impressing: she seems to work on every project in town and hang out with the coolest people ever. But more and more her facade crumbles and Tracy discovers an anxious woman that loses control of her life.

Noah Baumbach’s new movie is a coming of age story that asks a simple question that always pops up: what do you do when your dreams failed and you detach from your former expectations?

It’s a heartbreaking process and Greta Gerwig’s Brooke is full of deep doubts but doesn’t want to reflect that. And so she runs through the night and tries to cover her missing education by judging others.

MISTRESS AMERICA - 2015 FILM STILL - Pictured: Lola Kirke as "Tracy" and Greta Gerwig as "Brooke" - Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved
MISTRESS AMERICA – 2015 FILM STILL – Pictured: Lola Kirke as “Tracy” and Greta Gerwig as “Brooke” – Photo Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures © 2015 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights Reserved

And it’s a movie about unconditional love between those two women in a unerotic way: these girls are family from the first moment.

Noah Baumbach worked a lot with Wes Anderson, he wrote „Fantastic Mister Fox“ and „The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou“, but his own movies like „Frances Ha“ or „Greenberg“ are portraits of middle agers who have to figure out what they want in life. „Mistress America“ may be his best work until now. That Greta Gerwig also wrote on the script is an important fact.

L-R: Tony (played by Mathew Shear) chats with fellow student Tracy (played by Lola Kirke).
L-R: Tony (played by Mathew Shear) chats with fellow student Tracy (played by Lola Kirke).

Cast: Greta Gerwig – Brooke, Lola Kirke – Tracy, Heather Lind- Mamie Claire, Michael Chernus – Dylan