Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema
New York auteur Alex Ross Perry patiently rides the ripples of disenchantment that form around Naomi (Emily Browning), a young British woman thrust into the antiseptic New York world of her stubborn archivist employer Nick (former Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz). Nick’s wife Alyssa (Chloë Sevigny) and her sister Gwen (Marie Louise Parker) remain privy to some possibly covert activities in the cluttered underground office, and although the unfaithful husband’s wandering eyes signal his unprofessional intentions, Naomi’s sights are set elsewhere: on the also-unhappily-married Buddy (Jason Schwartzman playing against type), a childhood acquaintance, who completes the film’s intertwinements of unrequited desire.
Golden Exits is a change of pace and style for Perry. It’s an acerbic delight with a satirical edge, along the lines of Listen Up Phillip and Queen of Earth, but made in a gentler, quieter register. Luminously shot on 16mm celluloid and crackling with bursts of vibrant light and colour, the film depicts an ensemble caught between their passions and their better judgement—it’s a Rohmer-esque roundabout of seduction and malaise.
"Considering how intricately Perry carves out the understated instincts of each of these characters, it’s easily his most humane and emotionally complex film."—Jordan Raup, The Film Stage