A Bread Factory, Part Two: Walk with Me a While
2018, Patrick Wang, USA, 120 min.
With Tyne Daly, Elizabeth Henry-Macari
- Fri, Apr 12th 4:15pm
- Sat, Apr 13th 4:30pm
- Wed, Apr 17th 6:00pm
"As thorough and thoughtful a statement on art and life as any American filmmaker has given us. Part One is life, Part Two is art."--Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
"The pleasures of theatrical performance become more pronounced, playful and complex in Part Two, which, as its title hints, takes a meandering but fascinatingly surreal turn."--Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Part Two of A BREAD FACTORY complements as well as continues Part One, which ended on a note of seeming resolution. But, as director Patrick Wang notes, "The second film is about a more subtle, disturbing type of loss: when things slip away because we are not paying attention." The style becomes more freewheeling and fanciful, as the line between life and performance blurs. Musical numbers erupt in the offstage world, involving selfie-wielding tourists, phone-fixated café patrons, and an a cappella quartet of real-estate agents. After the editor disappears, a young intern takes over the local newspaper and staffs it with a group of eager school kids. The spine of Part Two is the preparation of a Bread Factory production of the Greek tragedy "Hecuba," a tale of betrayed and sorrowful women, with a local waitress recruited to play one of the lead roles. DCP digital. (MR)
Writer-director Patrick Wang is scheduled to appear on Saturday for audience discussion, moderated by Jonathan Rosenbaum.