Previously at the ICA - Films
14 Jun 2015 – 2 Jul 2015
★★★★ "It's as if Woody Allen dipped his pen in cyanide and directed a film in which the pithy misanthropy of Philip Roth has seeped into every frame." Kate Muir, The Times
Wanting to escape the stress of a failing relationship, the launch of his second novel and the noise of city life, cantankerous and self-absorbed writer Philip jumps at the chance to spend the summer at the country home of his literary idol, Ike. But as the two men bond, tensions begin to emerge, in no small part due to the arrival of Ike’s beautiful and bitter daughter Melanie.
Combining the acid sense of humour of a Noah Baumbach movie with the freewheeling handheld filmmaking style of Joe Swanberg and the mumblecore set, the film is hilarious US indie heaven, bringing wit and gravitas to a story about unlikeable people behaving appallingly.
Listen Up, dir. Alex Ross Perry, USA 2014, 109 mins.