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Archive for the ‘Movie: Black Bear’ Category
Elise     April 16, 2021

The Face Magazine – For the meat of her career, Aubrey Plaza has been famed for her off-kilter deadpan persona. When she wasn’t delivering deliciously dark performances in Parks and Recreation and Ingrid Goes West, she was making toes curl with her erratic, anxious talk show appearances. Even when she joins our Zoom chat, it’s her online alias ​“Evil Hag” that flashes up on the screen instead of her real name.

Yet over the past year, 36-year-old Plaza has finally let the world see her for who she really is. Over Christmas, she charmed audiences in queer romance Happiest Season, as one-third of the only Kristen Stewart love triangle that matters (go home Edward and Jacob). So enigmatic was Plaza that filmmaker Clea DuVall had to publicly defend the decision of Stewart going with the other girl.

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I felt bad about that,” she laughs from her home in Los Angeles, while her rescue dog, Stevie, pants loudly on the bed. ​“When we first spoke about me playing the role, I joked that the audience would want Riley to end up with [Stewart’s] Abby and then it actually happened. I guess you just can’t deny good chemistry.

Today, she’s promoting her passion project Black Bear, a spiraling psychological drama. Plaza plays Allison, an elusive indie filmmaker in one act and a film star who’s married to her emotionally abusive director (Christopher Abbott) in the other. It’s a raw and vulnerable performance from Plaza, for a part that was written with her in mind. She even collaborated with writer-director Lawrence Michael Levine on the script.

There’s a moment when a character tells me that I’m really hard to read,” she recalls. ​“Larry actually said that to me in real life. He had this idea of who I was based on the characters I played, but when we really got to know each other, he was surprised by how sensitive and unsarcastic I actually am.

Plaza found it easy to step into this deconstructed idea of herself, but nothing could prepare her for the ​“down and dirty” shoot itself, which was crammed into 19 days and filmed only at night. ​“It was horrifying,” she remembers. ​“We didn’t have a lot of money and were shooting in some remote woods, which presents a lot of chaos and drama. There was blood and tears.

Black Bear​’s searing interrogation of abuse at the hands of the male-centric film industry motivated her. ​“There has been a romanticised history of women being manipulated and emotionally tortured for their performances by these mad men or genius auteurs,” she says. ​“I have older friends who are iconic actresses. They tell you stories about movies they were in – movies you love so much – and they were suffering the entire time. You have to ask: is it worth it? No.

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Elise     December 05, 2020

Lawrence Michael Levine’s “Black Bear” is finally out! This means I have been able to update our gallery with over 1,600 high-quality screen captures of Aubrey portraying Allison in the film. Be sure to check it out, as Aubrey’s performance is truly breathtaking. The critics have deemed it a “career-best performance“, and I absolutely agree with this statement. “Black Bear” is available on iTunes, amongst other platforms.

At a remote lake house in the Adirondack Mountains, a couple entertains an out-of-town guest looking for inspiration in her filmmaking. The group quickly falls into a calculated game of desire, manipulation, and jealousy, unaware of how dangerously convoluted their lives will soon become in the filmmaker’s pursuit of a work of art, which blurs the boundaries between autobiography and invention.

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Elise     November 18, 2020

EW – Marooned in a remote cabin in the Adirondacks, Aubrey Plaza faced a unique challenge: “Just to maintain drunkenness, for days on end.” As she recalls over Zoom from her home in L.A., “not just a little drunk, but really, really drunk.

She’s talking work, not play. The actress stars in Lawrence Michael Levine’s Black Bear, an indie drama of startling intensity, as a filmmaker-actress staying in a lake house, struggling to create (and hitting the booze) as she becomes embroiled in a toxic love triangle. When the brainy, increasingly surreal film premiered at Sundance in January, Plaza, 36, earned raves for her dynamic performance, which stretched her beyond anything she’d done before.

For me, this was an opportunity to try out a different approach to acting — a more abstract exploration,” says the star, who broke out as a master of deadpan on Parks and Recreation. It paid off; per her costar Christopher Abbott, “She’s doing some Gena Rowlands-type s— in this.

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Plaza and Levine were already friends (and had previously acted together in an episode of Joe Swanberg’s Easy) when the filmmaker showed her the dense, complex script for Black Bear, which he’d written with her in mind. The highly personal project — which Plaza lovingly describes as “two nightmares interwoven into one mega-nightmare” — immediately resonated with the actress.

It wasn’t something that I didn’t want to have my hands all over,” she says. “There was a level of involvement that I needed for this project in particular, because I knew it was going to be a really challenging piece of material.” So she signed on to produce as well as star, having previously done the same on past festival titles The Little Hours and Ingrid Goes West. She credits the latter as having “really fired me up about the possibilities of moviemaking as a producer,” especially on the audacious, DIY-style films where she’s found a creative home.

Independent films are the most inspiring kinds of movies, for me, because they’re just about exploring the human condition, always. It’s not about money and it’s not about pandering. There’s something very pure about it to me,” Plaza says. She first got her indie education when she had a job in a video store, where she fell in love with the offbeat titles from filmmakers like John Waters and Christopher Guest. Years later, she would celebrate the form by hosting the Independent Spirit Awards in 2019 and 2020 — a gig previously held by Waters himself, who also assisted Plaza in her first opening monologue.

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Elise     October 06, 2020

The first trailer for Aubrey’s latest film, “Black Bear“, has finally dropped!

It tells the story of a filmmaker named Allison (Aubrey Plaza) arriving to play house guest to a troubled couple (Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon), who have eschewed their life in the city after inheriting a family retreat. Battling writer’s block, Allison sparks a calculated game of desire and jealousy in pursuit of a new work that blurs the boundaries of autobiography and invention. BLACK BEAR explores the complex nature of relationships, gender dynamics, and the erratic nature of love as it traces the conflict between our lust and our longing for internal harmony. “Black Bear” will get released on Friday, December 4, 2020.

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