'Sparrows Dance' A Review
September 3rd, 2013 8:29pm EDT
Sparrows Dance, a Tribeca film is written and directed by Noah Buschel. Simply made but profoundly touching, capturing vulnerability unlike anything I’ve seen in film. It stars Marin Ireland, who was nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance for a Featured Actress in a play for Reasons to Be Pretty, and Paul Sparks who was a regular on HBO’s hit, Boardwalk Empire from 2010-2012.
This film is about a former actress who is stricken with stage fright which cripples her to the point of isolation. She lives alone in New York City. No cat, no dog, no fish...alone. She has no name. Perhaps Marin’s character has no name because her social inflictions are so loud that they define her.
She creates a world that she controls in seclusion while living on her residuals. She engages in daily rituals that include ordering take-out, working out on an archaic stationary bike suited up in a hoodie and oversized sweatpants.
She may have left the stage but the stage never left her. She performs when ordering take out to compensate her embarrassment when calling for a daily take-out by covering the phone in another voice as if she has company. She never opens the door for the delivery people because she asks for the exact amount to leave the money outside her door.
She has a moment where she tries to escape her solitary confinement to help a young woman being mugged across the street from her apartment only to return to what she’s become comfortable with in mere seconds.
A neighbor pounds on the door and she runs for the covers as fast as lightning. Her emotional terror in her eyes is conspicuous. Her neighbor informs her through her closed front door that there’s a massive leak from her apartment. She calls a plumber asking to be walked through to fix the toilet herself to avoid any human contact out of fear of judgment.
Plumber arrives but, he’s not your ordinary plumber.
Arthur Bugs Baer, a New York journalist and humorist said, “A plumber is an adventurer who traces leaky pipes to their source.”
The pipes are from the 1940 circa, which requires extra work. He has to come back for a second day. He does more than fix her toilet.
Wes, played by Sparks is quite the chatty one. He share his passion for jazz immediately. He’s a working artist who plays the saxophone. Ms. No Name loves music as well. Their common respect for music is the beginning of their relationship. Her wall begins to gradually come down.
They dance as if they were familiar with each other’s body before making love. Wes falls in love not lust. It’s the kind of love that’s healing more than a sexual healing. He loves her through her emotional frailty. He awakens her need to be free.
“If someone would poke out the eyes of the hawks, we sparrows could dance wherever we please!”
Available nationwide on VOD August 20, 2013.
Photo Credits: Marin Ireland, Paul Sparks, Noah Buschel, Sparrows Dance