By Jason Clark
Updated August 01, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT
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A Master Builder

type
  • Movie
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Jonathan Demme turns his extreme close-up lens to an adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s play, with mixed results. A pet project of Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, the movie stars Shawn (who also wrote the script) as a philandering, arrogant architect confronted by a seductive mystery woman from his past (Lisa Joyce). It doesn’t attain the highs of Shawn and Gregory’s My Dinner With Andre, but the movie has a jittery intimacy that is appealing. And through their memorable performances, Joyce and Julie Hagerty (as Shawn’s all-seeing wife) prove master builders of vivid female characters. B

A Master Builder

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
runtime
  • 130 minutes
director
  • Jonathan Demme

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