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A young woman struggling to get by in New York City finds her fragile existence upended when an alluring figure from her past inserts himself back into her life and begins stirring up trouble.
In this romantic crime drama out of SXSW, Bronx boy Jonny (Finn Wittrock) makes a meager living working odd jobs and carrying out small-scale cons while still pining for Ruth (Rachel Keller), the high school sweetheart who left him under tragic circumstances years before. Ruth seems to have moved on to greener pastures, living in Manhattan and working at a ritzy, private girls’ school on the Upper East Side. But Ruth is barely able to stay afloat in the expensive, cutthroat world of New York’s moneyed elite. When their’ paths cross unexpectedly, Jonny sees an opportunity to get himself back into Ruth’s good graces while putting his grifting skills to work. He inserts himself in Ruth’s tiny orbit, eventually connecting with Nan (Emily Mortimer), a wealthy housewife trying desperately to hold onto her posh lifestyle despite the ongoing prosecution of her white-collar criminal husband, Steven (James Ransone). Soon enough, everyone is enveloped in one another’s schemes, though no one seems to know who’s playing whom. Working with a dynamite ensemble, writer-director Stacy Cochran has crafted a perceptive, multilayered mosaic of life in class-conscious, contemporary NYC, populated by a cast of charmingly unscrupulous characters.
CAST: Finn Wittrock, Rachel Keller, Emily Mortimer, James Ransone
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