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USA | 2014 | 86 Minutes | Robert Greene

February 9, 2015

This extraordinary documentary collaboration between actress Sandy Burre ("The Wire") and filmmaker Robert Greene is a playful and provocative examination of a complicated woman and the nature of performance.

Brandy Burre had a recurring role on HBO’s "The Wire" when she gave up her career to start a family. When she decides to reclaim her life as an actor, the domestic world she’s carefully created crumbles around her. Using elements of melodrama and cinema verité, Actress is both a present tense portrait of a dying relationship and an exploration of a complex-yet-familiar story.

"A playful, provocative examination of self-performance." - Guy Lodge, Variety

"Fast, alive, ever-changing. One of the greatest documentaries I've ever seen." - Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture

"The effect is, by turns, playful and haunting: a modern reimagining of the "woman's picture" that questions notions about nonfiction filmmaking." - Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal

"Mr. Greene's impressionistic style and rough, off-center compositions create an atmosphere of intimacy, as if the viewer were being invited to read Ms. Burre's diary or her mind." - A.O. Scott, New York Times