A WOMAN, A PART (2016): Review by Georgi Presecky

Elisabeth Subrin’s A Woman, A Part is more than just the story of an actress in a rut — it represents the lives of all professionals who yearn for something more. (GEP: 3.5/5)

Review by Social Media Manager Georgiana E. Presecky

An excellent Maggie Siff stars as “Anna Baskin,” an actress in her mid-40s who has found success on a mainstream TV series that does nothing to challenge her skills. She is contractually bound to a job that feels like an endless loop of bad episodes that everyone seems to enjoy but her, all while struggling with an autoimmune disorder that makes her think harder about what really matters in her life. She’s lonely, she’s stuck, and she’s at a crossroads, so she does what any person with good sense should do when they’re feeling lost — she goes back to the beginning.

It sounds like a tired plot, but Siff plays tired in a dynamic, refreshing way that makes this script feel new. Her character dares to ask questions most people don’t — how did I get here, and is this really where I want to be? She travels back to New York to figure out what she really wants to do, visiting her oldest friends who she’s drifted away from.

“Kate” (Cara Seymour) and “Isaac” (John Ortiz), used to be actors, but have found different, complicated paths in the two decades since they last spent real time with Anna. They fit into her narrative a little too well, not really serving any other purpose than to provide her with clarity and the knowledge that things can’t always be like they used to, and she’s luckier than she thinks she is. Their relationships are complex and at times uncomfortable — Subrin couldn’t seem to decide which issues she really wanted to address about old friendships (abandonment, familiarity, distance and boundaries are covered). But Anna looks to them for guidance, as human nature leads us to seeking answers from the examples of others. Kate’s response sums up the ambiguity and universal nature of Subrin’s film in three words: “I’m not you.” Others can’t provide the answers for us any more than we can, and maybe a movie can’t, either.

Anna wants more from her life than the career she thought meant everything, and the message of this film will resonate with anyone who’s forgotten where they started and what it took to get to today. While the plot occasionally feels like it’s going nowhere, it only adds to Anna’s aimless, wandering feeling. The quiet (my nice way of saying “boring”) moments add to her loneliness, the shakiness to her discomfort.

For those struggling to shape a career, Anna’s battle might come off a bit whiny — “oh, boo hoo, we apologize for your success” — a sentiment Kate and Isaac essentially reflect for the audience. But A Woman, A Part dares to define success in terms other than a six-figure salary or an Emmy award. Sometimes it takes looking outside of yourself to figure out your path, especially if you aspire to do more than just get by and earn a living. For those who can’t take a week off and sleep on an air mattress on the floor of a New York apartment to gain some perspective, Subrin’s film is a great substitute.

© Georgiana E. Presecky (3/23/17) FF2 Media

Top Photo: Anna ponders life away from acting.

Middle Photo: Anna spends a lot of time on the ground.

Bottom Photo: Siff portrays an actor’s rock bottom.

Photo Credits: Strand Releasing

Q: Does A Woman, A Part pass the Bechdel-Wallace test?

Yes. Anna discusses her career choices and past at length with both Kate and her female agent, a voice of reason in her life.

56 comments

  1. Howdy would you mind letting me know which web host you’re using?
    I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must say this blog
    loads a lot quicker then most. Can you recommend a good hosting provider at a reasonable price?
    Kudos, I appreciate it!

  2. What i don’t realize is actually how you’re now not actually a lot more
    smartly-liked than you may be right now. You are very intelligent.
    You understand therefore considerably in relation to this topic,
    made me for my part consider it from numerous various angles.
    Its like men and women are not interested until it is something
    to do with Woman gaga! Your personal stuffs nice.

    At all times maintain it up!

  3. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have truly enjoyed surfing around
    your blog posts. After all I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  4. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you may be a great author.

    I will remember to bookmark your blog and will come back someday.
    I want to encourage yourself to continue your great posts, have a nice afternoon!

  5. Just wish to say your article is as astonishing. The
    clarity in your post is simply great and i could assume you’re an expert on this subject.
    Fine with your permission let me to grab your feed to keep up to date with
    forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please carry
    on the enjoyable work.

  6. That is very interesting, You’re an overly skilled blogger.
    I’ve joined your feed and look forward to in quest
    of extra of your magnificent post. Also, I’ve shared your web site in my social networks

  7. An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I do believe
    that you need to publish more on this subject matter, it may not
    be a taboo matter but generally people do not talk about such
    issues. To the next! Many thanks!!

  8. Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your post
    seem to be running off the screen in Ie. I’m not sure if this is a format issue
    or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.
    The design look great though! Hope you get the issue fixed soon. Kudos

  9. of course like your web site however you have to check the spelling on several of your posts.

    Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I to
    find it very troublesome to tell the reality on the other hand I
    will certainly come back again.

  10. Hello! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of
    hard work due to no data backup. Do you have any solutions to
    protect against hackers?

  11. I am really loving the theme/design of your weblog.

    Do you ever run into any internet browser compatibility issues?

    A couple of my blog readers have complained about my site not
    operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Opera.
    Do you have any ideas to help fix this issue?

  12. you are in reality a just right webmaster. The site loading velocity is amazing.

    It seems that you’re doing any unique trick. Moreover, The contents are masterwork.

    you’ve done a excellent process in this topic!

  13. I was suggested this website by way of my cousin. I am
    not positive whether this publish is written via him as nobody
    else realize such specified approximately my difficulty.
    You’re incredible! Thank you!

  14. Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact
    was a amusement account it. Look advanced to far added agreeable
    from you! By the way, how can we communicate?

  15. What i do not realize is if truth be told how you’re not really a lot more
    well-favored than you might be now. You are so intelligent.
    You recognize therefore significantly in relation to this topic, made me individually believe it from
    so many numerous angles. Its like men and women don’t seem to be interested until
    it is something to accomplish with Lady gaga! Your individual stuffs
    great. All the time deal with it up!

  16. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your
    content seem to be running off the screen in Internet explorer.
    I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to
    do with browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.
    The layout look great though! Hope you get the problem
    fixed soon. Thanks

  17. If some one needs to be updated with most recent technologies
    therefore he must be visit this web page and be up to date everyday.

  18. You are so cool! I do not suppose I have read something like that before.
    So wonderful to find someone with some unique thoughts
    on this issue. Seriously.. thank you for starting this up.
    This website is one thing that is needed on the web, someone with
    some originality!

  19. Hey great blog! Does running a blog similar to this take a great deal of work?
    I’ve absolutely no knowledge of coding however I was hoping to start my own blog soon. Anyway, if you have any recommendations or techniques for new blog owners please share.
    I understand this is off topic but I simply wanted to ask.
    Thanks!

  20. you are in reality a just right webmaster. The site loading velocity is amazing.
    It kind of feels that you’re doing any distinctive trick.

    Moreover, The contents are masterwork. you’ve performed a excellent activity on this subject!

  21. My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find almost
    all of your post’s to be what precisely I’m looking
    for. Do you offer guest writers to write content for you
    personally? I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on a lot
    of the subjects you write with regards to here. Again, awesome weblog!

  22. Superb blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?

    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like
    Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m completely confused ..
    Any ideas? Many thanks!

  23. Excellent beat ! I wish to apprentice at the same time as you amend your
    site, how can i subscribe for a blog website? The account aided me a acceptable deal.
    I have been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear idea

  24. Heya! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with
    hackers? My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing several weeks of hard work due to no back up.
    Do you have any methods to protect against hackers?

  25. For the reason that the admin of this web site is working, no question very rapidly it will be well-known, due to
    its quality contents.

  26. It’s appropriate time to make some plans for thee longer term and it is time to be happy.
    I’ve learn this submit and if I maay I wish to suggest you few
    fascinating things or advice. Perhaps youu could write subsequent articles regarding this article.
    I want to learn more things aproximately it!

    Also visit my blog post :: most popular live sex

  27. Greetings from California! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to browse your website
    on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the knowledge you present here and
    can’t wait to take a look whe I get home.
    I’m shocked at how fast your blog loadrd on my cell phone
    .. I’m not even using WIFI, jyst 3G .. Anyways, very good site!

    My bloig … adultchatsex.com

  28. Undeniably believe that which you said. Yoour favorite reason appeared to be on the net the simplest
    thing to bbe aware of. I say to you, I certainly gett
    annoyed while people think about worries that they plainly do not knlw about.

    You managed to hit the nal upon the top and defined out the whole thing
    without hwving side-effects , people could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more.
    Thanks

    Also visit my blog live sex

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *