Dustin Guy Defa’s Person to Person was one of our low-key Sundance favorites, a shambling, chatty, lovesick ensemble comedy/drama that wraps an assortment of New York misfits into an all-over-the-place story of misplaced love, bootleg records, and teenage confusion. It’s a wonderfully displaced movie, time-wise – set in the present day, but seeming to dwell in the New York City of old, in both the places it’s shot and the way it’s shot (grimy 16mm film, as opposed to the slick digital video of most current indies). Not sure what I mean? Here, have a look at the trailer:
Abbi Jacobson, Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, Philip Baker Hall, and Isiah Whitlock are among the four-star cast. It’s the kind of delicately quirky little movie that could easily get lost in the big bad summer, but the late-July release date could be just the ticket for audiences thirsty for blockbuster alternatives.
Person to Person is out July 28 in limited release.