Sparrows Dance Directed
Noah Buschel USA / 2011 / 81 minutes
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Leaving the apartment is a hard thing to do for the lead lady of Noah Buschel’s Sparrows Dance, a delightfully tender story of an agoraphobic woman who falls in love despite not having left her apartment in over a year. Marin Ireland delivers a stunning performance as a woman confined to her small NYC apartment, struggling with tasks as simple as ordering Chinese take-out and getting her plumbing repaired. Wes, played by Paul Sparks, provides a comical and compassionate backdrop as Ireland’s plumber and romantic interest, balancing the emotional struggle of Ireland’s agoraphobia that she faces throughout the film. Sparrows Dance is a delicate mixture of quirks, romance and drama, utilizing the physical space of a one-bedroom apartment to create an intricate world of solitude that extends far beyond its visible limits. —Chandra Knotts
Born in Philadelphia in 1978, Noah Buschel grew up in New York City's Greenwich Village. After spending some time as a contributing editor for Tricycle Magazine, he made his feature film debut with Bringing Rain, starring Adrian Grenier and Paz de la Huerta. Bringing Rain was produced by Belladonna Productions, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003, and was released by Plexifilm. His second feature, Neal Cassady, was produced by Jean Doumanian Productions. It starred Tate Donovan and Amy Ryan, and was released by IFC Films in 2008. His third film, The Missing Person, starred Michael Shannon and premiered at Sundance. Buschel was nominated for a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Director and the film was on IFC.Com's 2009 Ten Best List.
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