Dustin Guy Defa’s Person to Person is something you don’t see every day — or, at least, not since the 1970s: a 16mm film shot in New York. Juho Kuosmanen’s The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki was also 16mm, but shot in Helsinki in glorious black-and-white — though coincidentally, Person to Person is the best of the recent “day in the life” films that include 100 Streets or Moscow Never Sleeps. Claire (Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, top-billed!) is having a bad first day as an investigative reporter under creepy newspaper editor Phil (Michael Cera) as they attempt to break the story of a possible murder.
Meanwhile, record-collector Bene (Bene Coopersmith) seeks revenge on a scam artist, his laconic roommate Ray (George Sample III) faces a different kind of music for an impulsive act of revenge on his ex-girlfriend (Marsha Stephanie Blake), and teenage Wendy (Tavi Gevinson) is annoyed when her best friend wastes their ditch day snogging her boyfriend. The multiple threads don’t intertwine as much as is common for these types of films, and Wendy’s story skirts a little too close to “lesbians just need to find the right guy” for comfort, but Person to Person’s performances are engaging throughout. It even earns its end-titles dance party, which is something else you don’t see every day.
Person to Person
Opens Friday at the Opera Plaza Cinema.