FNE at Berlinale 2023: She Came to Me (USA): Opening Film Out of Competition

    She Came To Me by Rebecca Miller She Came To Me by Rebecca Miller source: berlinale.de

    BERLIN: Director Rebecca Miller’s She Came To Me opens the 2023 Berlinale and her fans are hoping it will mean a return to form for the director who had an international hit in 2022 with her film Personal Velocity but whose more recent outings have failed to score equally high marks.

    Miller is married to actor Daniel Day-Lewis and she is used to working with star casts as her three previous features The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005), The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009), and Maggie’s Plan (2015), boasted casts that included Grreta Gerwig, Robin Wright Penn, and her husband Day-Lewis.  But somehow despite the star power Miller to date has not found anything that equals her Personal Velocity success.

    With She Came to Me Miller mixes a cast of stars like Anne Hathaway with two teenagers in a Romeo and Juliet style romance set against a divided American instead of a divided Verona. 

    Steven Lauddem played by Peter Dinklage is a New York based opera composer in a creative crisis who is blocked from composing when he meets the exuberant and drunken tugboat captain Katrina played by Marisa Tomei a romance addict who already has episodes of stalking her partners behind her.  Their encounter was shot on a real life tugboat which should lend an air of authenticity to this otherwise quirky and somewhat exotic story.

    Anna Hathaway plays Steven’s wife and former therapist.  When he was blocked as a composer some years ago he would the solution by marrying his therapist but the solution seems to have worn off by now.

    Balancing these adults who are ruled by obsessions, neuroses and prejudices are two teenagers who are in love and more aware, more lucid and wiser than all those around them.  Julian played Evan Ellison by and his girlfriend, Tereza, played by Harlow Jane seem to be the generation that can bring peace and sanity of their neurotic elders.

    While this might have looked like a more serious drama about modern angst Miller is bent upon light romantic comedy that could just mean this hear sixth film will bring her back into the limelight.

    She Came to Me (USA)
    Directed by Rebecca Miller
    Cast: Peter Dinklage, Marisa Tomei, Joanna Kulig, Brian d’Arcy James, Anne Hathaway, Evan Ellison, Harlow Jane.