I was curious to know just how unbalanced people get when they’ve been betrayed – Alison Bagnall has said about the themes of The Dish & the Spoon. When Rose walks in on her husband cheating on her with another woman, she impulsively jumps into her car and just drives – with no money, wearing only pajamas, fuelled by beer and doughnuts. She crosses paths with a teenaged boy, a kindred and similarly wounded soul, with whom she develops a fast friendship. The Dish & the Spoon is a road movie on the micro scale, whose story comes full circle to end where it began. The conclusion is as sad as it is inevitable, as Rose’s lighthearted new friendship proves unavoidably ephemeral in the end. Greta Gerwig is an emotional whirlwind (despairing one moment, screaming bloody revenge the next) while newcomer Olly Alexander maintains a quiet softness – one of the more pleasing acting duos of the year.
Alison Bagnall is a director and screenwriter. Among other projects, she co-wrote the script for Vincent Gallo’s much-discussed Buffalo ’66. The Dish & the Spoon is the second feature film she has directed.
2011 Talerz i łyżka / The Dish & the Spoon