Directed by Robert Greene and starring Brandy Burre
Brandy Burre abandoned a role on HBO’s seminal series The Wire to start a family. Years later, she decides to reclaim her life as an actor. Balancing her desire to act with her current role at home, however, proves incredibly challenging.
Using elements of melodrama and cinema vérité, Actress is both a present tense portrait of a dying relationship and an exploration of a complicated woman, performing the role of herself. Greene’s examination is both mesmerizing and insightful, revealing the embodiment of genuine talent in total disarray.
The New Yorker’s reviewer writes: “Burre, a trained and skilled actor, plays to Greene and his camera as she delivers, for him, the first of her comeback performances. Even in describing the movie, it’s an open question whether to consider the protagonist journalistically, as Burre, the person Greene films as she goes about her business, or fictionally, as Brandy, a character she creates. She is certainly aware that a dramatic transformation, the shedding of a skin, is taking place, and Greene, no mere passive observer, matches her at the game. Actress is, above all, a triumph of cinematography: Greene’s calmly unsparing images, with their canny framing and sense of shadow and color, set the self-conscious Burre in a fiction-centered schema akin to a Douglas Sirk melodrama.
Director: Robert Greene
Cinematographer: Robert Greene
Editor: Robert Greene
Cast: Brandy Burre
Running Time: 86 minutes