Good Posture

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Original title Good Posture
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2019
length 91 minutes
Director Dolly Wells
script Dolly Wells
production Jamie Adams ,
Maggie Monteith
camera Ryan Eddleston
cut Adelina Bichis

Good Posture is an American tragic comedy directed by Dolly Wells , which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2019 .


Lillian, in her mid-twenties, is selfish, as only a privileged college graduate can be, but at the same time aimless, like many millennials . She lives in the Bedford – Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn with the famous, reclusive writer Julia Price and her husband Don, an aspiring musician and songwriter who, however, owes her father a favor. Julia is not thrilled, and Lillian's presence creates tension in their marriage. Don quickly disappears, leaving the two women alone. Because the author works all day and rarely leaves her room, the women communicate with one another via a diary in which they leave each other notes. Lillian wears Julia's clothes. Her father, Neil, lives in Paris with his new girlfriend, and never replies to messages his daughter sends him. He seems to believe that he is doing his duty in sending money or helping Lillian when his child is in a predicament.

Although she has not yet read any of Julia's books, Lillian interviews her with her new friend Nate and the cameraman Sol about her work.

The setting Bedford – Stuyvesant

In the New York neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant (“Bed-Stuy” for short), around 134,000 people from various nations live today. African Americans in particular flocked to this Brooklyn neighborhood in the 1920s and 30s, followed by Caribbean and Europeans. Bed-Stuy is thus as multicultural as the neighboring Bushwick district. Laura Lewandowski from the dpa describes the residents of Bed-Stuy as follows: “African-Americans who sit in folding chairs in front of their houses and listen to hip-hop beats. Students strolling Broadway in skinny jeans and with coffee mugs. Artists who open their galleries between barber shops and trashy clothes shops. A meeting place for those who seem unimpressed by the glamor world of Manhattan. Those who greet each other on the street, hold the door open for each other and give the change with a wink. "


Jonathan Ames , here at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2019, made a cameo in the film

It is the directorial debut of Dolly Wells , who also wrote the screenplay. Ryan Eddleston acted as cameraman . The production design is by Charlotte Abbott , the costumes were designed by Emmanuelle Martin .

The main role of Lilian was cast by Grace Van Patten . Emily Mortimer and Ebon Moss-Bachrach play the artist couple Julia and Don Price, in whose apartment she is staying. Norbert Leo Butz plays Lillian's father Neil. Cinematographer Sol is played by John Early and his colleague Nate by Gary Richardson . A number of writers appear in cameos in the film, including Zadie Smith , Martin Amis and Jonathan Ames . Filming took place in Brooklyn and ended in late December 2017.

The film premiered on April 27, 2019 at the Tribeca Film Festival , where it was featured in the Spotlight Narrative section. It was released in cinemas in the United Kingdom on October 4, 2019.


So far, the film has won over 95 percent of all Rotten Tomatoes critics .

Web links

Commons : Good Posture  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Laura Lewandowski: Not pretty, but cool: Why New York is talking about Bed-Stuy. In: Spiegel Online, March 31, 2017.
  3. Good Posture. In: Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 12, 2020.