She’s the Best Thing in It


Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2:30pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

Oscar®-nominated writer/producer Ron Nyswaner's feature-documentary debut is an examination of the actor's craft and the sacrifices demanded by a lifelong career. Veteran character actor and Tony Award winner Mary Louise Wilson -- hugely respected among her peers if scarcely known outside the cognoscenti -- teaches her first acting class to skeptical members of the YouTube generation, smashing their red-carpet illusions and challenging them to bring emotional honesty into their acting. The 79-year-old Wilson is a straight-talking charmer, and because she’s so unfiltered and forthcoming, the documentary provides an especially intimate portrait. Interviews with other actresses -- Frances McDormand, Melissa Leo, Tyne Daly, Estelle Parsons, Valerie Harper -- further broaden the film’s perspective. Instead of simply paying tribute to Wilson, they discuss their own feelings about their craft, offering thoughts on what it means to be a character actor, whether acting can be taught, and what constitutes talent.

U.S., 2015, 80 min.

Directed by

Rob Nyswaner

Film Category

Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight



Shown with

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