'Listen Up Philip' is Alex Ross Perry's blackly hilarious and exquisitely shot third feature.
Jason Schwartzman, in one of his most accomplished roles since such Wes Anderson collaborations as 'Rushmore' and 'The Darjeeling Limited', achieves the height of comic verbal violence as the novelist Philip Lewis Friedman who, having received his first taste of literary acclaim, embarks upon the publicity campaign for his soon-to-be-published second novel, Obidant.
The attention of his literary hero Ike Zimmerman (played by the first-rate Jonathan Pryce), a major novelist some decades his elder, leads to an open invitation to abscond from Brooklyn and work from Zimmerman's small-town home upstate. And so the stage is set for all-out warfare between Philip's seemingly irrepressible ego and the emotionality of his talented photographer girlfriend Ashley who, in a brilliant performance by 'Mad Men''s Elisabeth Moss, exhibits the kind of dynamism that could dull Philip's edge for good.
Put into relief by a cast including Krysten Ritter, Joséphine de La Baume, Keith Poulson, Kate Lyn Sheil, and Bree Hemingway, Schwartzman-as-Friedman embodies what must be one of the most charmingly loathsome or most diabolically winning personalities in recent films.
★★★★★ "The film is written with such supreme elegance and shot with such vibrant and absorbing beauty" - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph