Wednesday, October 10, 2012
WOODSTOCK, N,Y. — Taking place in just two rooms in a Manhattan apartment, “Sparrows Dance” is a delightful film about an agoraphobic woman who falls in love without ever leaving the safety of home.
Writer/director Noah Buschel said the film, which will be shown twice during this week’s Woodstock Film Festival, is derived somewhat from personal experience.
“I had a long relationship with an actress when I was younger,” he said. “Neither of us had day jobs, so we stayed in that tiny apartment. And I found that the longer I stayed in, the harder it was to make myself go out. Being an artist, that dynamic got me thinking.
“And,” he said, “agoraphobics fool themselves into believing that it’s safest inside, when, in fact, it’s the most dangerous. Control is the issue.”
For most people, opening the door for the plumber or to pay for Chinese take-out is simple. For the woman in Buschel’s film, played by Marin Ireland, such a simple matter causes great consternation and fear of losing control over her fragile world.
“The film is somewhat a meditation on vulnerability,” Buschel said. “The suspense is whether she can relinquish control, to surrender, even for a minute.”
The woman is not named in the film, nor is the trauma that reduces her world to her tiny apartment. Necessity and laughter, however, shatter that world.
Wes, the plumber, makes her laugh. And she must open the door to allow him to make repairs.
The collision between danger and safety leads to what Buschel described as a “hopeful ending, the chance that she might make it out the door.”
“Sparrows Dance” will be shown at Upstate Films in Woodstock at 4:45 p.m. Friday and at the Rosendale Theater at 5 p.m. Saturday.