Greta Gerwig, who began her career collaborating with "mumblecore" pioneers Joe Swanberg and the Duplass Brothers, is rapidly becoming a national treasure. Pretty but unprepossessing, with a nervous manner and a reluctant smile, she seems like an unlikely movie star, and yet she seems on the verge of a major breakout. She was easily the best thing about Ivan Reitman's 'No Strings Attached,' and she has major roles in the forthcoming 'Arthur' remake and Whit Stillman's comeback film 'Damsels in Distress.'
Before boarding her train to fame and fortune, however, Gerwig stopped off to headline 'The Dish and the Spoon,' a tiny, prototypically indie two-character drama by Alison Bagnall (who is best known for co-writing 'Buffalo '66' with Vincent Gallo). In the opening scenes, Gerwig's character, Rose, is hauling ass somewhere in her diesel Mercedes station wagon. Distraught and cashless, she stops off in a convenience store to binge on beer and donuts. Eventually, she reaches a windswept beach where, seemingly confused and still upset about something, she climbs a lighthouse. On the third floor of the stone enclave, she finds a slight, soft-spoken, somewhat androgynous British teenager (Olly Alexander) passed out on a blanket.