Released Year: 2012
Runtime: 81 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Directors: Noah Buschel
Writers: Noah Buschel
Casts: Marin Ireland, Paul Sparks, Niesha Butler, Bennie Slay, Zoran Radanovich, Anthony Arkin, Ben Buschel, Alex Estes, Kate Levine
IMDB: Sparrows Dance (2012) - IMDB
IMDB Rating: 5.7
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7.5
Slant Magazine -
Writer-director Noah Buschel interestingly mirrors the monotony of his main character's routine in his claustrophobic aesthetic.
The A.V. Club -
There are times when the slight, small Sparrows Dance pushes too hard, both visually and narratively: a blinking red light outside Ireland's window provides overly fussy on-off lighting during two long scenes, and the movie's flairs of serious conflict are less deft than its offhand moments of connection. There are enough of said moments, though, to sustain its sweetly hesitant romance.
New York Post -
Given that the opening shot shows the heroine on the toilet, what a nice surprise to find that this is a pure love story, told with elegance and simplicity on a low budget.
The Dissolve -
The film thrives thanks to its superb lead performances, with Sparks exuding an endearingly off-kilter earnestness that nicely contrasts with Ireland's internalized phobic fears and self-doubt.
Sparrows Dance (2012)
When stage fright gets the best of her, a former actress stops leaving her apartment, crippled by fear of the outside world. Living off delivery food and residuals from her acting career, she spends her days watching bad TV and spying on the city from her window. But when her toilet overflows and a kind, compassionate plumber shows up, she reluctantly allows him into her refuge.