I first discovered Rebecca Miller at Sundance 1995 with her remarkable debut, family drama “Angela,” and have been tracking her very different films ever since, from “Personal Velocity,” an early digital experiment based on her short stories, to “The Ballad of Jack and Rose” starring her husband Daniel Day Lewis, to her most accessible and entertaining movie to date, “Maggie’s Plan,” which played to raves at the Toronto and New York film fests and hits theaters via Sony Pictures Classics on May 20.
Miller explains her idiosyncratic career trajectory, how she writes and puts these movies together, and the pleasure she found shooting this delightful romantic triangle (based on a story by Karen Rinaldi) in New York City with her gifted trio of actors, Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore.
This witty comedy of manners has been compared to the work of Woody Allen and stars Gerwig as a 30-something academic who seeks to have a child on her own. She arranges for a sperm donation from a handsome friend but winds up in love with a professor (Hawke) who is writing a book and raising two children but not feeling supported by his careerist wife (Moore). Needless to say, complications ensue, and this well-matched, smart cast carries off this amusing plot with aplomb. Finally, this movie will break out this writer-director (who is the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller) to a wider audience.