Sparrows Dance
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When stage fright gets the best of her, a former actress (Marin Ireland) stops leaving her apartment, crippled by fear of the outside world. Living off delivery food and residuals from her acting career, she spends her days watching bad TV and spying on the city from her window. But when her toilet overflows and a kind, compassionate plumber (Paul Sparks) shows up, she reluctantly allows him into her refuge. A tender, comical love story, grounded by exceptional performances by Ireland and Sparks. (c) Tribeca

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Given that the opening shot shows the heroine on the toilet, what a nice surprise to find that this is a pure love story, told with elegance and simplicity on a low budget."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"[A] disarmingly offbeat romance ..."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Masterful in its silences,writer/director Noah Buschel's Sparrows Dance begins almost as a tribute to Chantal Akerman's masterpiece, Jeanne Dielman, 23 Qual du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles, the difference mainly being a dissimilar choice of heroines."
‑ Brandon Judell, CultureCatch
"It's one of the year's best films and also one of the smallest. We can't wait to see what Buschel does next."
‑ Drew Taylor, The Playlist
"Sparks' oddball, self-deprecatory charm and Ireland's uncertainties play off each other nicely as their eclectic tastes mesh; both characters are thrilled at finding someone who accepts and even welcomes the other's peculiarities."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Basically a two-hander, Sparrows Dance could be easily adapted for the stage, but writer-director Noah Buschel uses plenty of cinematic tools to fancy up his simple story."
‑ Jesse Hassenger, AV Club
"An agoraphobic meets a plumber, a dreary prospect with even drearier results."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Writer-director Noah Buschel interestingly mirrors the monotony of his main character's routine in his claustrophobic aesthetic."
‑ Jake Mulligan, Slant Magazine
"Marin Ireland and Paul Sparks deliver terrific performances in this charmingly quirky love story."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Something special is hidden here."
‑ Robin Migdol, Village Voice
"A mannered, occasionally mesmerizing romance that frequently cops to its own artificiality."
‑ Nick Schager, The Dissolve
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