Rebecca Miller’s first film, Angela, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1995, and her follow-up feature, Personal Velocity, won the Grand Jury Prize in 2002. This latest effort, Maggie’s Plan, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Academic advisor Maggie (Greta Gerwig) is determined to have a baby, but she can’t seem to make any relationship last long enough to reach the precipice of familial bliss. Opting to fulfill her maternal dreams alone, she secures a sperm donation from a Brooklyn pickle entrepreneur named Guy. But before this process is complete, a budding romance springs up with John (Ethan Hawke), a new adjunct professor she meets at work. Mired in an unhappy marriage-with-children to Georgette (Julianne Moore), John leaps at the chance to end things with his eccentric and domineering wife. Once the new couple settles down and starts a family of their own, it becomes clear that this isn’t the storybook ending she had hoped for, and Maggie concocts a new plan to set things right.
RUN TIME 99 min