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Black Bear review – Aubrey Plaza shows her volcanic side

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The Parks and Recreation actor plays to type, and against, in this enjoyable if self-conscious dramedy set in the fraught world of indie film-making The indie US film-maker Lawrence Michael Levine deploys Aubrey Plaza as both muse and mouthpiece in this tense dramedy about the ethics of the artistic process. If that sounds tedious, it’s not: Levine’s playful deconstruction of tortured genius is a witty and provocative send-up of tyrannical directors, diva-ish actors and over-invested voyeurs alike. The film is organised in two acts. The first is a play-like three-hander in which minxy actor turned writer-director Allison (Plaza) embarks on a kind of writer’s retreat in upstate New York. She rents a room in a lakeside cabin owned by Gabe and Blair (
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