‘A Woman, A Part’ Is a Promising First Feature

By Sophie Bennett, Staff Writer

Beginning in the mid-1990s, Elisabeth Subrin has made films ranging from experimental to shorts and now a feature-length film. Her work consists of tackling feminism and woman in society. Now she has transitioned into feature length film starring Maggie Siff, Cara Seymour, and John Ortiz. The film “A Woman, A Part” followed an actress in the middle of a mid-life crisis. Anna (Maggie Siff) struggles with her career decisions as she currently is starring in a “guilty pleasure” show. Frustrated with her character on the show and her life in LA she takes a trip to NYC to visit old friends and her old life from her theater days.

“A Woman, A Part” started off and slow and ended similarly. The film was composed with awkward editing. There was little music and the majority of the sound in the film was background noise, which may have been a product of Subrin’s background in experimental. The dialogue also felt unnatural at moments, which made it difficult to really delve into Siff’s character and it as though the majority of the film was shots of her sitting or standing and staring off into the distance, this got very repetitive very quickly. My first instinct as I watched was that it would’ve been much more impactful as a short film rather than a feature.

Despite the flaws of the production the acting of the main cast stood out. Especially Cara Seymour who portrayed Kate, Anne’s old best friend. Probably the most interesting character, Kate is an alcoholic struggling with her life as an artist. Although she used to act, she is focused on writing and trying to move on despite Anne’s urges for her to act again. As an audience member you are constantly questioning why Kate is the way she is where as Annie is not nearly as fascinating. Seymour’s performance as Kate was complex and the most intricate of the cast.

The concept of the story was very engaging. A story that goes behind the scenes of the film industry through the eyes of a successful actress, but displays her life as more human rather than as a star. Executed slightly differently or maybe as a short I think the film could have been incredible. Even though there were rough moments throughout the movie, all together it was an enjoyable watch. More importantly I am interested to see what Elisabeth Subrin does next. Considering the film is Subrin’s first feature film I am thrilled to see her next project and hopeful for her future.

Email Sophie Bennet at film@nyunews.com.

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