Rebecca Miller’s wry, mentally deft dramatization is the most clearly comic of her movies as such, on account of a magnificently wily turn by Julianne Moore. She plays Georgette, the splendid and self-fixated scholarly who, toward the begin of the film, is hitched to John (Ethan Hawke). Likewise a scholastic (he’s depicted as “the terrible kid of fictocritical human studies”), John’s work, and his life, have been dominated by Georgette’s stellar vocation. Moore’s lifeless conveyance is given a touch of ridiculousness by her Danish articulation – she pontificates about “Pussy Wiot”.
After a chance experience, John gives Maggie the transcript of his work-in-advancement novel to peruse.