I was looking for a way to sum up the philosophy and the emotional vibe of Andrea Dorfman’s newest film, but darned if she hasn’t already done it for me. Google “How to Be Alone” and you’ll find the five-minute short she made 10 years ago with poet/songwriter Tanya Davis. It describes the condition of being solo, nimbly navigating the line between loneliness and solitude. It’s magical.
Spinster takes a similar notion and spins it out to just under 90 minutes, a little saggy in the middle but bookended by a note-perfect opening and closing.
In the first, Gaby (Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Chelsea Peretti) is turning 39 and has just been dumped by her boyfriend of several months. “We had a terrible relationship,” he tells her with finality, but she tries to correct him: ““We HAVE a terrible relationship!”
But off he goes, leaving Gaby to ask those questions we all grapple with one dark evening or another. What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I find love? Will it ever change?