Philip lives in New York with his girlfriend Ashley (Moss). On the eve of his second novel and facing a grave review in The New York Times, Philip arrogantly informs his publisher that he’ll be forgoing his national publicity tour and letting ‘his work’ speak for itself. When Philip receives an offer to spend summer writing in the country house of his literary idol, Ike Zimmerman (Pryce), he abruptly leaves town telling Ashley, “I hope this will be good for us but especially for me.”
Rather than offering a singlehanded narrative, Perry’s dextrous script delves into the lives of Ashley and Ike as they orbit around Philip. All of the performances within this sharp, witty narrative are stellar. Moss is heartbreakingly good as Ashley and Ritter shines as Ike’s daughter Melanie. When the action relocates to an upstate liberal arts college, Josephine de La Baume’s Yvette fills the screen with an effortless French chic.
Listen Up Philip is the third film from American director Alex Ross Perry. His two previous films, Impolex (2009)and The Colour Wheel (2011), were international festival hits, however, as Scott Foundas noted in Variety, “by any measure, the pic formally announces Perry as one of the most promising young talents on the indie scene.”
“Acerbically funny.” The New York Times
“A very entertaining black comedy.” Wall Street Journal
Listen Up Philip
Seasons & Screenings
2 Apr - 26 Apr
Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men, The One I Love), Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad, Big Eyes) and Jonathan Pryce (The Salvation, Glengarry Glen Ross) star in this pitch black comedy about a misanthropic novelist played by indie darling, Jason Schwartzman (Bored to Death, Rushmore). Shot on celluloid by Ross Perry’s long time collaborator, Sean Price Williams, their vision of New York is nostalgic with a defiantly contemporary feel.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2014 Locarno International Film Festival.